Manitou business owner Karen Cullen hired as OCCA executive director
The co-owner of Victoria's Keep vacation rental replaces Dave Van Ness, who retired in April after six years in the position.
"I am excited for the opportunity to serve Old Colorado City's merchants and businesses by building coalitions," Cullen said in a press release. "I understand the need to support the region and its rich historical value to the community.”
She specifically identified as “critical opportunities for collaboration” the Bancroft Park improvements (following the January bandshell fire), the Westside Avenue Action Plan (upgrading 1 ½ miles of Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street) and the Old Westside Alliance (a recently formed volunteer advocate group).
Other duties of the executive director position include working with the OCCA membership, helping coordinate special events and marketing Old Colorado City as a shopping destination.
Originally from Castle Rock, Cullen has lived in this area since the early 1990s. She has served on the Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commission and Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association and is a past president of the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado. More recently, Cullen was president of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.
According to OCCA President Julie Fabrizio, "Karen's membership, marketing, tourism and information technology experience enhances her ability to help further our community and organization. She is a great fit to build on our current efforts and will bring fresh new ideas to OCCA's mission."
Westside Pioneer/press release