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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:

Transportation Industry 

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

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. Lorraine Taylor

Higher Education

Fort Lewis School of Business

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

Roberto Casanueva

Outdoor Recreation Sector

Director, Outdoorsy Outpost

Jenny Roberts

Lodging and Hospitality

General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites

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