The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association (EOVA) has hired Alana Garner Carollo as their new Executive Director. EOVA is the state designated Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) that works closely with Travel Oregon to promote and develop the tourism industry throughout the 11 county region of Eastern Oregon.
Ms. Carollo, will start her position as the association’s Executive Director on May 6. Carollo first came to Eastern Oregon in 2011 as a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Participant when she served as the program coordinator for the La Grande Main Street program. Carollo also served as the first Executive Director for the Astoria Main Street program before returning to Eastern Oregon in 2016.
The search committee received 31 applicants for this position and interviewed eight candidates as part of the search process before recommending Ms. Carollo for the position. “We believe that Alana’s past executive leadership experience, leading two Main Street programs through transformative phases of their organizational development, strong communications skills and passion for the Eastern Oregon, made her the best candidate for this position and we’re excited to have her on board as our new Executive Director in the coming weeks,” states EOVA Board President Timothy Bishop.
Carollo is also excited about the new position and the opportunity to work with communities throughout the 11 county region to continue developing and building the regions tourism industry. “Eastern Oregon is an incredible part of the state with amazing outdoor recreation and cultural and heritage tourism opportunities. I’m looking forward to working with the communities throughout the region to help grow and strengthen this important part of our local and regional economy”.
Carollo follows in the footsteps of long-term, contracted executive director, Alice Trindle, who retired in December after leading the organization for nearly 30 years.