CVB Advisory Board & Staff

The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is your official guide for things to do, where to eat, where to stay, and how to make the most of your trip to Crawford County, in Southeast Kansas.

Mission Statement
“The mission of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote travel and tourism in Crawford County, Kansas through sporting events, conventions, conferences and general travel. Utilize attractions, facilities and accommodations to promote travel and economic growth in Crawford County.”

Advisory Board

Duties & Responsibilities

The Advisory Board provides input to the Crawford County CVB as it seeks to fulfill its mission.

  • CVB Full Board Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 8:00 a.m. CST. (February, April, June, August, October & December) – Annual Meeting is 2nd Wednesday of January at 12 p.m.
  • CVB Executive Committee Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 8 a.m. CST (March, May, July, September & November).
  • Budget review

CVB Advisory Board Members

Board MemberTerm ExpiresRepresents
Crawford County Convention & Visitors BureauEx OfficioTravel & Tourism
Blake Benson
Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Ex OfficioTravel & Tourism
Jessica Ripper
Girard Area Chamber of Commerce
Ex OfficioTravel & Tourism
Nate Davis
Pittsburg State University Athletics
December 31, 2021Attraction
* Connor Ossowski
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
December 31, 2021Travel & Tourism
Justin Shaffer
McCune City Council
December 31, 2021Travel & Tourism
* Shelby Cannon
Pearls & Curls
December 31, 2022Attraction
Lynn Grant
December 31, 2022Travel & Tourism
Jeff McKain
Kansas Crossing Casino
December 31, 2022Attraction
Board Chairperson
Sara Vacca
Pittsburg Parks & Recreation
December 31, 2022Travel & Tourism
*Sooki Fields
Frisco Event Center
December 31, 2023Attraction
*Rick Hardy, PhD
Pittsburg State University
December 31, 2023Travel & Tourism
*LaWana Johnson
Holiday Inn Express
December 31, 2023Hotel Representative
*Courtney Powell
Comfort Inn and Suites
December 31, 2023Hotel Representative
* Eligible for re-election

Application to be considered for the Advisory Board

All applicants must be residents of Crawford County, Kansas. Download the file below, limit all answers to available space, then email the document to cwilson (at) visitcrawfordcounty.com.

CVB Staff

Communications Manager
Chris Wilson

cwilson (at) visitcrawfordcounty.com

I have an unhealthy obsession with audience experience and telling folks about events before they happen. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been a DJ for KKOW AM-FM, a web producer for KOAM TV/Fox 14, a reporter for the Columbus Daily Advocate (when it was still an evening newspaper), and did publicity and community outreach for a small rural school district like USD 247 Southeast. Once A Gorilla, Always A Gorilla.