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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.

Current open seats:

No Open Seats.

Board Officers

Jenny Roberts

Chair | Lodging and Hospitality

General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites

Ken Stone

Vice Chair | At Large Sector

Marketing Director, Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Cristina Della Grave

Treasurer | Retail Sector

Owner, Twilight Toys

Cory Pillen

Secretary | Arts & Culture Sector

Director, Center of Southwest Studies

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

Sector Representatives

Ted Holteen

La Plata County

Manager | Public and Governmental Affairs

Tom Sluis

City of Durango

Director | Media and Community Engagement

Dr. Cristian A. Sepulveda

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

Tori Ossola

Restaurant Sector

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

Lisa Schwantes

Transportation Sector

Southwest Regional Communications Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation

Emmy GreyEyes

Outdoor Recreation Sector

Owner and Operator, Bears Ranch

Brian Lundstrom

Special Events & Entertainment Sector

Director of Sales, Sky Ute Casino

Andrew Scarborough

Agritourism & Heritage Sector

Director of Operations / Owner, Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers

Charles Goodman

Specialty Lodging Sector

Owner, Gable House Bed and Breakfast

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 2023 Board Meeting and Retreat schedule. All meetings are currently held via Zoom.

Board Minutes

  • January 26: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • February 23: 10am-12pm -Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites- Zoom
  • March 23: 10am-12pm -Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • April 11: 9am-5pm (Board Retreat) - Sky Ute Casino & Resort
  • May 25: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • June 22: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites- Zoom
  • July 27: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • August 24: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • September 21: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • October 26: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • November 16: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom
  • December 21: 10am-12pm - Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites - Zoom