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Preparing Our Future Workforce

The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF) is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization that serves to build the capabilities of Maryland’s tourism workforce.


MTEF helps support programs in the K-12 system and at the post-secondary level to enrich the image of the tourism industry. MTEF encourages professional development that serves to expand the potential of our workforce and ensure an economically successful future for Maryland's tourism industry.

MTEF is working:

• To ensure the tourism and hospitality training provided in the State of Maryland meets the needs of the industry.
• To provide easily accessible training for the incumbent workforce.
• To provide information that will help both the emerging and the incumbent employee design and prepare for a successful tourism and hospitality career.

Primary Activities of MTEF

Working in active partnership with academia, businesses, corporations, and associations, MTEF works to:
• Identify and monitor of the education and training needs of Maryland’s tourism industry
• Develop and implement low-cost targeted training programs
• Support and enhance secondary and post-secondary school education programs
• Provide the resources needed for education and training studies and information
• Host and administer the annual Governor’s Tourism Industry Conference
• Develop and provide materials to aid in recruitment and retention of a skilled tourism workforce
• Seek additional and innovative measures for the professional development of Maryland’s tourism workforce.

Board of Directors

Mary Presley

Maryland Motorcoach Association

Vice President
Matt Lyle


Deb Carter

Buttonwood Beach Resort

Stephen Kensinger
Old Line Bank

Dr. Ernest P. Boger
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Commander James Jackson
Anne Arundel Community College

Theresa Keysar
Warfield & Sanford Elevator Company

Mary Ellen Mason
Anne Arundel Community College

Onahlea Shimunek

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards


Denise Ware
Prince George's Community College

Executive Director
Roseanne Souza

The Souza Agency, Inc.