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Board of Directors

Part of what makes Visit Durango unique is the direct connection it has to local stakeholders. The organization is fortunate to have input and guidance from local community members across different industries who serve on the board of directors. Visit Durango's Board of Directors represent different sectors from the tourism industry.

Open Sectors

Outdoor Recreation

For questions, comments, or feedback, please contact board@durango.org.

Board Officers

Tori Ossola

Chair | Restaurant Sector

General Manager, The Strater Hotel, Mahogany Grille, The Diamond Belle, & The Office Spiratorium

Brian Lundstrom

Vice Chair | Special Events & Entertainment Sector

Director of Sales, Sky Ute Casino

Cristina Della Grave

Treasurer | Retail Sector

Owner, Twilight Toys

Jenny Roberts

Secretary | Lodging and Hospitality

General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites

In addition to the board officers, the Visit Durango board includes members with expertise across key tourism industries.

Sector Representatives

Matt Salka

La Plata County

Tom Sluis

City of Durango

Director | Media and Community Engagement

Dr. Ishani Banerji

Higher Education

Assistant Professor | Fort Lewis, School of Business Administration

Dave Rathbun

Purgatory Resort

General Manager, Purgatory Resort

Carrie Whitley

Railroad Attractions

Sales, Business Development for Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Denise Leslie

Arts & Culture Sector

Arts Consultant

Amber Andrew

Special Lodging Sector

General Manager & Events Director, The Black Diamond Lodge

Ken Stone

At Large Sector

Marketing Director, Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Lisa Schwantes

Transportation Sector

Southwest Regional Communications Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation

Nicholas Borst

Agritourism & Heritage Sector

Owner, Durango Cannabis Company

Board Meetings

Visit Durango is a public organization funded by City and County Lodgers Tax. Therefore, all Board Meetings and Board Retreats are open to the public. Below, you will find the 2022 Board Meeting and Retreat schedule. All meetings are currently held via Zoom.

Board Minutes Available Here

  • January 27: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • February 24: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • March 24: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • April 21: 9am-5pm (Board Retreat) - Sky Ute Casino & Resort
  • May 26: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • June 23: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • July 28: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • August 25: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • September 29: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • October 27: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • November 17: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom
  • December 16: 10am-12pm - Strater Hotel - Oak Room - Zoom