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Visit Estes Park Staff

The Visit Estes Park team is here to assist you! Please contact any of the staff members below with your questions, or for more information on marketing Estes Park. Staff can be reached via email, too. Please use the following format to email us: First Initial Last Name (ex.

View staff organizational chart here.

Kara Franker


Kara has a wealth of experience in leadership, marketing, communications, entrepreneurship and the tourism industry. She is a seasoned journalist and editor-in-chief of a print magazine. Thrilled to make Estes Park her home, Kara relocated with her family to Colorado from Florida after accepting the role of CEO. What you didn't know about Kara: She is a lawyer, a former NFL cheerleader and really loves nachos.

Kevin Benes


Kevin has 15 years experience in accounting management. Leveraging this experience in his work with Visit Estes Park allows him to share his love of Estes Park with the world, and importantly – to ski, run trails, climb, and hike before, during (at lunch, of course!) and after work. What you didn’t know about Kevin: Kevin owns a running specialty retail store in Eastern Iowa and he and his wife, Ellen, recently had their first son, Ronan.

Mike Zumbaugh


Mike is an industry veteran. He has held executive and senior leadership positions throughout his 30-year career and is actively involved with Destinations International where he works to provide members with professional development opportunities. When not working, you can find Mike camping, hiking, biking, skiing or traveling with his family.

Andrea Machado

Account Clerk

Andrea has a background in travel and tourism, including over 5 years working in different hospitality and service jobs around Estes Park, and is excited to bring that experience to Visit Estes Park. Andrea is hooked on Estes Park’s casual mountain life and enjoys yoga and cooking. When Andrea isn’t working (and the weather is nice), you’ll find her on hiking trails enjoying the beautiful nature surrounding Estes Park. We’re working on getting her out on the winter trails!

Josh Harms

Director of Marketing

Josh has worked at Visit Estes Park for nearly 5 years, making his favorite childhood vacation destination his adult home, adding to the lifelong memories made with family during his time here as a child. When Josh isn’t working you’ll find him attempting to perform all the outdoor adventures Estes Park has to offer at a slightly less-than-mediocre level. (Yes, he’s being humble. Very.)

Kendall Akin

Creative Manager

After graduating from Colorado State University with a BFA in 2018, Kendall chased her dream of living in the mountains and brought her artistic eye and talent to Visit Estes Park, helping to bring the organization’s branding and design to the next level. When Kendall is not working, keep an eye out for her reading a book near a body of water, coffee in hand, or learning to hang with the best outdoor adventurers in Estes Park.

Rachel Ward Oppermann

Marketing & Communications Manager

With 13 years experience in marketing (4+ in tourism), a genuine love for mountains, small mountain towns and any adventure to be had in and around them, Rachel is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her professional skills and personal passions in her work for Visit Estes Park. What you didn’t know about Rachel: Rachel is a volunteer firefighter and first responder with the Allenspark Fire Protection District.

John Berry


An experienced photographer, John’s ability to make his work come alive and his passion for outdoor photography produces images irresistible to Estes Park guests. When not working, you can find John riding his bike around the lake, playing guitar, or hiking in the mountains with his girlfriend, Anne.

Rebecca Pena

Director of Sales & Stakeholder Services

In her 20+ years working in hospitality within Estes Park and around the Front Range, Rebecca found her calling in hospitality sales. She is thrilled to bring this experience to Visit Estes Park, particularly because it allows her to live in the town she loves. When Rebecca isn’t working you’ll find her at a lake (Lake Estes is a favorite) or snowboarding with her family, enjoying the outdoors and all Estes Park has to offer.

Dana Paiement

Sales & Event Manager

With 13 years of experience in sales and events, love for the community of Estes Park and passion for the environment, Dana is excited to apply her personal passions and professional skills in her work to promote sustainable tourism at Visit Estes Park. When Dana is not working, you'll find her spending time with her family and friends, hiking, traveling, cooking, practicing yoga and gardening.