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Erica Estrada – Director of Sales

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!

Erica was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. She left Cowtown in the fall of 2007, to become an SFA Lumberjack. Erica began working for Hotel Fredonia part time as a front desk agent and cocktail waitress. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, she was promoted to the Sales and Events Department in December 2011. Erica specializes in fundraising events for up to 400 people and also in booking Hotel entertainment. She enjoys going to community events such as Chamber luncheons, grand openings and downtown festivals. In her free time, Erica likes to take road trips with her adorable two year old Mini Dachshund, Louie.


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Elizabeth Pingeon – Sales & Events Coordinator

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!
Elizabeth was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in the surrounding areas. She left the Dallas area in 2010 to see what life in Nacogdoches had to hold. She began a new chapter with Hotel Fredonia in September 2012, with a focus on multi-day meetings, sports coordination, and elegant dinners. She spends her free time with her family, boyfriend, and their three dogs.


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Lauren Houghton – Assistant Event Coordinator

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!

Lauren was born and raised on Lake Lewisville in Dallas, Texas. She transferred to SFA in January 2010, and is in her senior year of college pursuing a degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting. She has been employed at Hotel Fredonia since June 2010, and is cross-trained in a number of departments. In November 2011, she was promoted to the Sales and Events Department, with a focus on weddings, company banquets, private dinners, and group guest room bookings. During her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling with her family, wakeboarding and walking her Poodle, Rocky.


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Connie Schaefer – Greater East Texas Marketing Manager

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!

Connie joined Hotel Fredonia in 2010, as a Sales Manager and was recently named the Hotel Fredonia Marketing Manager for the greater East Texas area. With an emphasis on the Tyler market, she works with both the Nacogdoches and Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote convention and tourism business for the Hotel. In addition, she works with meeting planners to ensure the success of large business conferences. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and her interests include umpiring softball and volleyball, fishing, gardening and travel.


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Janel McDonald – Director of Operations

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!

Janel was born and raised in Southern California and found a Texan to marry while she was at college in Florida. Her experience with Hotel Fredonia started at the front desk in July 2009. After three years, she was promoted to manager over Facilities and Guest Services, and also specializes in coordinating events for the many sports teams that come to Hotel Fredonia. In her free time she enjoys cooking for her husband, playing with her Spaniels and someday aspires to own and operate a theatre company for children.


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Brady Osmun – Food & Beverage Manager

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!
Less than a year after moving to Nacogdoches from Dallas to be a Lumberjack, Brady became a member of our team. He gained experience with everything from groundskeeping and maintenance, to serving and bartending, and was promoting to Food and Beverage Manager in December 2011. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his four-legged son, Rambo.


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Sarah Kouliavtsev – Marketing & Advertising

Certifications: Certified Texas Friendly!

Sarah was born in Houston, Texas to a Canadian and a Yankee. She moved to Nacogdoches to attend Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing in December 2009. She has worked at Hotel Fredonia since July 2011, and works primarily on marketing and social media for the hotel. Her event planning experience includes weekly civics as well as wedding receptions of up to 500 guests. In her free time, Sarah loves to enjoy a nice glass of wine, spend time with her husband and their two year old English Bulldog, Eddie!

If you would like to share a Marketing or Advertising Opportunity for Hotel Fredonia, please email Sarah:

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