Christina Pedersen
Director of Sales and Marketing
Christina was born in St. Louis, Mo. She moved to Colorado with her family in 1985 and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Colorado State University Pueblo. In 1998, after college, Christina began working for Sunstone Hotel Investors and was part of the opening team for the Pueblo Marriott. Since then, she has assisted in many hotel transitions in locations such as Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado. In 2003, Christina became Director of Sales and Marketing at the Pueblo Marriott, and four years later, was promoted to General Manager. She later accepted the role of Director of Catering at Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs. Christina’s professional achievements include being recognized as Sunstone Hotel Investors’ Director of Sales of the Year in 2001 and earning Marriott’s Service Excellence Award in 2005. Christina cares about her community and believes in volunteering.
John Kerr, III
Catering Manager
John began his career in the hospitality industry in 1996, working his way through a multiplicity of positions both in and out of the guests view. With this background in food & beverage, John began planning events in 2006 and joined the Garden of the Gods Team in Late 2014. A member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, National Association of Catering Executives, and International Special Events Society; John rarely misses an opportunity to build something amazing. John is committed to making that one special day a reality for everyone he serves. Weddings, B'nai mitzvahs, club dinners and corporate outings, don't ever be afraid to dream big.
Karen Plaskie
Conference Services Manager
Karen grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado Springs over 10 years ago. She volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and also with the Rising Young Professionals. Before joining the Garden of the Gods Club team in 2007 she worked at Cheyenne Canon Inn for eight years. When she has spare time, she loves to mountain bike, hike, participate in other various sports, and watch football.
Lee Reijgers
Director of Business Development
Lee is proud to call Colorado Springs home after moving here from St. Louis, MO., in 1994. A graduate of UCCS with a B.A. in International Business, Lee has always looked to hospitality as his career. He dedicated 19 years at Cheyenne Mountain Resort with the last 14 years building upon his sales skills and worked his way up from Business Development Specialist, to upon his departure in August 2014, as Director of Group Sales. Lee then spent 10 months developing the construction and pre-opening sales and marketing efforts for the 48 room Lodge and Villas at Flying Horse. Lee and his wife Jessica, have two daughters, Mikayla and Kinsley, and a Yorkie, Bella.