Wellington, Colorado Main Street

The Wellington Colorado Main Street Program is organized as a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation run by a volunteer board of directors.

MISSION

The Wellington Main Streets Program is a group of passionate citizens who champion community collaboration to enhance and promote downtown Wellington.

VISION

Downtown Wellington is the vibrant and historic heart of our small town where the entire community gathers to connect. Our beautiful, thriving and viable downtown attracts friends and family to experience unique businesses, eateries and events.

Partnerships & Approach

By partnering with organizations and leaders at the local, state, and national level, our program protects the historic character of downtown and promotes shared prosperity. We utilize the National Main Street Four Point Approach to revitalize and strengthen our downtown’s physical attributes and economy.

History

In February 2014, the Town of Wellington provided funding for a contracted assessment of its downtown in relation to how it now exists and what it could become. The work was done by the nonprofit corporation Downtown Colorado Incorporated (DCI). A final report is available on the Town’s website. In 2014 Wellington Main Streets Program officially became a Candidate Main Streets Program with DOLA, and the first Executive Director of the program was Wendy Dubord, who spent much of her career working for Steamboat Springs (also a Main Street community). Wendy did a great job of getting the program up and running before retiring in late 2016 when Dave Michaelson came on as executive Director.

In July of 2017 Wellington Main Streets program applied to become a Designated Colorado Main Streets Program, and was accepted! Wellington is the first Main Streets community in Colorado in the past 4 years to have reached Designated status through DOLA. There are 20 Main Street communities in the state of Colorado.

In September of 2019, Kallie Cooper took over as Executive Director following Annie Lindgren who led the program beginning in 2017. Kallie and her family have lived in Wellington since 2017 and brings talent, enthusiasm, and dedication to meeting the needs of the downtown area. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Television Production and Marketing from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and has worked with non-profits and the public school system since 2009. She is excited to play an even bigger role in supporting local businesses and the community she is raising her children in.

Our Program Area

Wellington, Colorado Main Street Board of Directors

Board meetings are held on the third Monday of every month  //  8am
Meetings will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.

You can find upcoming meeting dates, agendas and Zoom meeting links on our events calendar.

Kallie Cooper

Kallie Cooper

Executive Director

Kallie is a Iowa native and graduated with a degree in Television Production and Marketing from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.  Kallie and her husband Brandon moved to Colorado in 2017 with their two boys and quickly called Wellington home.

Growing up in small-town Iowa has given her an apprecaition for the value of community and working together.  Kallie spent over ten years working with non-profits and in the public school system and strives to create a vibrant community for her children to grow up in. 

Anita Hardy

Anita Hardy

President

Anita is a Colorado native and when she and her husband moved to Wellington in 2013, they found their home.  As a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Rocky Mountain Realtors, her goal is to help others, buyers and sellers, do the same – find their “home”.  he has over 25 years’ experience in working with nonprofits, grant writing, human resources and program development.  Anita was Vice-President of Main Streets Board in 2018 and assists the Town of Wellington with writing grants and obtaining funding for much needed projects. 

Anita and her husband Tim enjoy spending their free time camping with their dogs and as much time as possible with their grandson.

Sarah Braun

Sarah Braun

Vice President

Sarah was born and raised in a small city in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a degree in Communications from Goucher College, a small liberal arts college in Towson, MD.  Sarah is the mom of two young children and has lived in Wellington with her husband and family since 2012.

After working for years in Education, with a passion for outdoor learning and ropes courses, Sarah transitioned into managing Old Colorado Brewing Company.  As one of the core group for Old Colorado she helped to organize the Wellington Brewfest and the 0.5K Wellington Fun Run. Taking part in these activities made her realize the possibilities for Wellington and created a desire to become involved in the Main Streets Program.

Megan Larson

Megan Larson

Secretary

Megan is a Montana native and graduated with a degree in Art/Graphic Design from Colorado State University. Megan, along with her husband and 3 kids, has lived in Colorado since 2005 and Wellington since 2009.

After helping lead the marketing team at United Way of Larimer County for nine years, Megan launched her graphic design and web development company, M Rock Creative, in 2013. She serves on various committees, including chair & co-founder of Wellington Brewfest, and was named one of northern Colorado’s 40 Under Forty young professionals in 2019.

Growing up in a tight-knit community, Megan values her connections and appreciates the hard work it takes to bring people together.

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

Treasurer

Bryan Thomas, Executive Vice President (EVP), joined Meridian Trust in July 2018. He was previously the vice president / chief lending officer at On Tap Credit Union in Golden, CO. Prior to working at On Tap, he was the vice president / chief administration officer at WyHy Federal Credit Union based in Cheyenne. In his new role at Meridian Trust FCU, he will be assisting CEO Kim Withers with the overall management of the credit union and moving the board’s strategic vision into a reality. Bryan has more than 23 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with emphasis in consumer science and business management, from Colorado State University. He is also a graduate of CUNA Finance School and the CUES CEO Institute. In his free time, Bryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Casey and their four daughters Katelyn, Avery, Emma, and Wrigley.

Gary Green

Gary Green

Gary serves as Fire Chief for the brave women and men of the Wellington Fire Protection District, protecting 288 square miles of northern Larimer County.  He was an original member of the establishing Board of Directors for the Wellington Mains Streets Program and is a strong proponent of this invaluable community asset.  Growing up in the small town of Mustang, Oklahoma, Gary was raised on small-town values and the benefits of true community; from holiday festivals to Friday night football games, the whole town turned out to socialize and proudly celebrate.  Wellington, Colorado IS such a place!

Emma Hanson

Emma Hanson

Board Member

Emma Hanson is the owner of Owl Canyon Coffee in downtown Wellington. She has been a Wellington resident for three years. Emma has a strong passion for Wellington and is so excited to be a part of the Main Streets Board!

Tracey Jensen

Tracey Jensen

Board Member

Dr. Tracey Jensen founded the Wellington Veterinary Hospital in 1999 on Cleveland in what is now The Cakery.  Dr. Jensen and her husband have lived in the Wellington community since 1998.  Dr. Jensen loves her work with animals and just about any outdoor activity.

John Jerome

John Jerome

Board Member

John, the Area Manager for DXP, moved to Wellington from Iowa in late 2014. Him and his family now call Wellington “home” and he is invested in helping the town grow responsibly. His interest in seeing Wellington flourish led him to run and be elected as a Board of Trustee in 2018.

John and his wife Erin have three children and enjoy camping and volunteering in their free time.

Erin Ramler

Erin Ramler

Board Member

Erin grew up in rural western Colorado in the very small town of Crawford. She came to the front range for Colege at CSU in l1995 and stayed. Erin continued to raise her two children Madison and Myles in Fort Collins until 2017 when she responded to a deep need to get back to her roots and join a small community again. After thoughtful consideration Wellington was the perfect fit and life unfolded proving that again again. Erin met Mark Ramler and they wed in 2018 which added two wonderful boys Bryce and Garrett to her family of 6.

Erin has an office in Old Town Fort Collins that is home to her healing business. She was professionally trained at the Rolf Institute for structural Integration, the Upledger Institute for CranioSacral Therapy, and has received trainings in Reiki from Ann Bibbey Reiki Master Teacher and Intuitive Healer, as well as Divine Healing Energies from Cathy Ulrich DPT, Advanced Certified Rolfer.

Erin is excited to be a part of the Wellington Main Streets Program for many reasons. Being new to town it is important to Erin to find a way to give back, and get to know the wonderful people of Wellington. This is an exciting time of growth for Wellington and Erin is honored to be a part of it.

Nic Redavid

Nic Redavid

Board Member

Nic was born in Tucson, AZ but made Northern Colorado his home in 2003 after transferring to Colorado State University.

He moved to Wellington in 2016 with his husband Adam and their two dogs. Nic is the VP Branch Manager of Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union’s branch in Wellington, and has almost 15 years in the banking industry.

Curtis Smelker

Curtis Smelker

Board Member

Since 2004, when he took over The Wellington Auction Service from his dad, Gary, Curtis has been full-time in the business of selling the stuff people no longer need or want to those intent on having it, as either collectors or users. Wellington Auction Service has always been a family business. As early as 1986, Curtis went off to auctioneer school in Kansas City, Missouri where he learned the fine points of the auctioneer’s “chant.”

Today his wife Milly, mother Lela, and daughters Elizabeth and Margaret work together in the business.

Per the DCI report recommendations, the Wellington Colorado Main Streets Program (WCMSP) consists of a governing board and standing committees as the fundamental structure for this volunteer-driven program. In discussions with town management and the local chamber of commerce, it was recommended that the WCMSP be organized as a stand-alone non-profit corporation to provide maximum flexibility and freedom of action. To that extent, the WCMSP has been incorporated in the State of Colorado as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a set of by-laws describing its methods of operation. It is run by an elected board of directors and a set of officers chosen from that board.

Wellington, Colorado Main Street Committees

 

Economic Vitality

Organization

Design

Promotion