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Staff Management & Sales

Gaye Bukur, General Manager

As general manager of the Inn at Ole Miss, Gaye is involved in every aspect of the property including reservations and booking, ongoing construction improvements, staff management, vendors and especially guest services.

A native of Oxford, Gaye clocked more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry after starting her career as a desk clerk at the Oxford Ramada Inn. She previously worked with Hyatt Hotels, including stints in Memphis, Denver and Lake Tahoe. Gaye has also worked as a hospitality consultant for independent hotels and resorts throughout the country.

While in Denver she met and married her husband Jim. They moved back to Oxford with their son Spencer in 2002.

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Nadia Thornton, Assistant General Manager

Nadia Thornton joined the Alumni Association in September 2008 as Hotel and Conference Sales Manager for The Inn at Ole Miss. In October 2010, she was promoted to assistant general manager for The Inn. Before joining the Alumni Association, Nadia worked in the hospitality industry doing trade show sales.

Nadia received a B.B.A. in International Business with two minors in Spanish and Marketing from Ole Miss in 2003. She is a native of Oxford and is married to Kevin Thornton. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and their dogs, Eddy and Marie.

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Lena Snow, Revenue/Reservation Manager

Lena Snow serves as revenue/ reservation manager for The Inn at Ole Miss.  Her responsibilities include managing high demand times, practicing revenue management and serving as a liaison to upper management. Lena joined the Alumni Association staff as an intern for The Inn at Ole Miss in August 2005. Upon graduation, she was promoted to a full time guest service agent. She also served as front office supervisor followed by front office manager before assuming her role in the new position of revenue/ reservation manager in March 2016.

Lena received a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Ole Miss in 2005. She has three sons: Zachary, 19, a freshman at Ole Miss ; Kyle, 18 a senior at Lafayette High School and Joshua, 17 a junior at The Mississippi School for Math and Science. Lena enjoys cooking and spending time with her fiance, Marc Schnider, family and friends.

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Laine Mitchell, Senior Sales Manager

Laine Mitchell joined the Alumni Association in December 2010 as Hotel & Conference Sales Manager for The Inn at Ole Miss, and was promoted to Senior Sales Manager in August 2012. With more than seven years of experience in hotel sales, she serves as liaison to University organizations and groups.

Laine received a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Ole Miss in 2003. Originally from Corinth, she has resided in Oxford since 2005. She is married to Clint Mitchell, and they have three daughters, Katy Bruce, Allie, and Ann. They enjoy going to Ole Miss sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Liz Lancaster McIntyre, Marketing Manager

Liz McIntyre joined the Alumni Association in July 2016 as Marketing Manager for the Inn at Ole Miss. Her roles include managing all advertising, updating social and digital media, and creating community relationships.

Liz received a B.A. in Communications from Millsaps College in 2011. She recently got married in January 2017 to Andrew McIntyre who received his B.F.A. here at the University. Andrew is the Ceramics Operations Manager and a part-time professor in the Ceramics Department at Ole Miss. Liz enjoys cooking and spending time with her labradoodle, Olive.

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Joseph Kennedy, Audio Visual Coordinator

Joseph Kennedy joined the Alumni Association in March of 2015 as the Audio Visual Services Coordinator, serving The Inn at Ole Miss as well as the Ole Miss Alumni Association.

A native of Booneville, Joseph first moved to Oxford in 2007 as a student, receiving his B.A. in history with a minor in political science. He refers to his recent return to Oxford as “coming home” and enjoys spending his spare time reacquainting himself with the ever-growing city of Oxford.

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