meeting room with mountain views

Heighten your next event at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club serves as an exclusive Colorado retreat for weddings, social events and executive meetings. With a variety of intimate indoor and outdoor private venues surrounded by stunning natural beauty, The Resort and Club is an ideal place to host a Colorado Springs event. The impeccable service and first-class cuisine makes entertaining at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club a memorable experience.

For more information on holding a meeting please contact Lee Reijgers at [email protected]or (719)520-4989. For wedding & special event information, please reach out to our catering team at [email protected] 

Our Events Team is here to make your gathering as memorable as the natural beauty that surrounds us!

Mary Evers | Sales Manager
While attending California State University Fullerton, Mary worked as a Captain at the famous Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach. This is where she cultivated her love of meeting planning. Mary moved to Colorado in the late 90’s, and while employed at the World Arena, she earned the designation “CMP” Certified Meeting Professional. In 2006, Mary relocated to La Crosse, Wisconsin, to assist her parents as they aged. In Wisconsin she continued her work in hospitality as a Sales and Event Director and a Catering Director at the Sodexo Campus. She recently returned to Colorado and joined the Garden of the Gods team as a sales manager. Mary loves to spend time with her three wonderful adult children and son in law and she enjoys Zumba, Jazzercise and tennis.
719.520-4962 | [email protected] 

Shanna Hughes | Senior Catering Manager
Shanna Hughes is a Colorado Native and self described Army brat who was born on Fort Carson. With over 17 years of hospitality experience, Shanna has had the pleasure and opportunity to work with some of the finest organizations within the Colorado Springs community, the state of Colorado, the country and around the world. Most of Shanna’s career was spent under the Hilton brand where she spent 14 years at The DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs, before serving as the director of catering at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, in January of 2015. She joined the team at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club as a senior catering manager in November of 2018. Shanna’s interests include music, dancing, interior design, home and yard redesigns, hiking and a love of classic cars. One of Shanna’s professional mottos to live by, “Don’t settle for mediocracy, always strive for excellence.”
719.520-4990 | [email protected]

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 team in 2007, she worked at Cheyenne Cañon Inn for eight years. When she has spare time, she loves to mountain bike, hike, participate in other various sports, and watch football.
719-520-4989[email protected]

Lee Reijgers, Director of Sales
Lee is proud to call Colorado Springs home after moving here from St. Louis, Missouri, 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 Director of Group Sales in August 2014. 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.
719-520-4989[email protected]

Monica Smiley, Director of Marketing
Monica is a marketing executive who loves to make real connections with guests and nurture relationships with influencers via social media. She thinks of herself as an engaged communicator with both creative and analytic capabilities. She has experience running successful multi-platform campaigns, creating month-end reporting that offers real insights and growing online reach through a mixture of organic and paid marketing efforts. Monica worked for Benchmark Hospitality for 16 years, including five years’ experience as Director of Sales and Marketing for the celebrity-owned Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida. She also worked for two years as a Regional Marketing Manager based in Orlando, where her responsibilities included both property-specific marketing needs for Forbes Four Star Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort as well as cooperative initiatives for five additional luxury resorts in Florida and the Caribbean.
719-520-4967[email protected]

Shaileigh St. Clair, Catering Manager
Shaileigh St. Clair was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She earned her business degree in Hospitality Management from University of Denver and also spent a semester abroad in York, England. Shaileigh began her career as a Food & Beverage team member at Country Club of Colorado. She discovered her love of the wedding industry after interning at A Vintage Affair Events in Denver and in Catering Sales and Weddings Department at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. She joined the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club team in July of 2018. She is a huge Denver Broncos fan and avid brunch-goer. In her personal time Shaileigh likes to spend time with my family and travel as often as she can!
719.725.6606 | [email protected]

Kendra Van Ness, Senior Catering Manager
A Colorado Native, born and raised in Colorado Springs, Kendra Van Ness has expert knowledge about the Colorado experience. For the last 12 years Kendra has worked in the event planning industry in Denver; selling, planning, and managing a wide range of events through venues, catering, wedding planning, designing and DMC planning. She is thrilled that her experience and past has brought her back to Colorado Springs and to Garden of the Gods Resort and Club. Outside of work, you will find Kendra either teaching or taking yoga classes, hiking with her dogs, snowboarding, or hanging out with her family and friends with a great glass of wine!
719.520.4977 | [email protected]