Theresa Harrington Executive Director/VP of Economic Development
Theresa has navigated the ship of Visit Clarksville since 1995. She’s one of those people that everybody affiliated with Tennessee Tourism knows; she’s outlasted most of them! Theresa came to the Clarksville Tourism office as a staff of one from a parks and recreation background. The organization was in its infancy and one of her favorite stories is what happened after she started advertising. “We had some grant money for advertising back when people filled out those insert cards requesting more information. We got back something like 10,000 cards and had nothing to send! We had to ask for more grant money to print a brochure and hire a mailing service.” Thanks to Theresa’s leadership and proactivity those days are long gone and tourism revenue breaks records every year. During her tenure, she’s grown our efforts to include a full-time sports marketing and group sales initiatives and dedicated marketing staff. She put her sports background to use quickly and Clarksville successfully earned the first of many AAU National Basketball championships in 1999.
Michelle Dickerson Director of Media & Marketing
Michelle believes that she has the best job in the world, and you can’t convince her otherwise. She promotes a wonderful place, amazing people, and she uses some pretty cool tools to do it. No two days have ever been alike, and she never knows what a day will hold. Michelle received a BBA with a concentration in Music Business from Belmont University and has worked in communications and marketing for government, finance, economic development and tourism organizations. She’s served in leadership roles with community organizations like the United Way, Roxy Regional Theatre, Frolic on Franklin, Relay for Life, Cumberland Winds Jazz Project, Center for Excellence in Create Arts (APSU), and the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. When she’s not sharing Clarksville’s stories, Michelle has fun discovering the places and people along America’s backroads, reading, waterfall treks, delving into Russian history, and playing piano.
Frances Manzitto Director of Tourism & Sales
Frances is a veteran sales director with over 30 years in the tourism industry, 20 of which have been with Visit Clarksville. (And, she’s only 39!) She loves creating unique and fun experiences for travelers. Having visited 44 of the 50 states, she has quite a wealth of personal travel experiences to pull from. In fact, she was in an airplane, in the air, when planes were flying into buildings on 9/11. Frances attended Trevecca Nazarene University and has served on the National Tour Association board of directors. She’s had lots of adventures with group tours. Once, she helped a motorcoach back up when a fallen tree blocked the road in a torrential downpour after doing a 3-point turn on a bridge! She went from being an only child to the oldest of six over night! (It’s a story!) She never met a paintbrush she didn’t like. Nearest and dearest to her heart is that she’s a mom of three fabulous girls and married to an Italian stud.
Janet Wilson Director of Sports Tourism
Janet’s career in sports management didn’t evolve naturally. It began on Wall Street, where she worked for 11 years with top financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan – all without a college degree. Since moving to Clarksville in 2009, she’s earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. After a few years with the Austin Peay State University athletics department, Janet joined Visit Clarksville to recruit and manage sports events. She enjoys the diversity of the role, whether coordinating the details of an event or traveling to recruit new events to the community. Most of all, she loves the dual role of serving both the community and the young people and their families who come to Clarksville for a positive experience. Janet loves traveling, sports and eating – not necessarily in that order. You won’t see her go without food for more than a couple of hours, but she admits, “When you love eating as much as I do, you have to work your body hard to be able to handle that!
Karyl Kirkland Director of Tourism & Visitor Center
After a career in HR, Karyl is convinced that working with Visit Clarksville is “livin’ the dream!” Her favorite part of this fun job is meeting people when they are enjoying their lives – competing with teammates for a national championship, attending a concert, or vacationing with friend friends or family – and helping enhance their experience. Karyl is almost a Clarksville native, having moved here when she was less than one year old. Community service is in her blood, with a dad who was an Army veteran and a mom who was a public educator. She and her sister, affectionately known as K1 and K2, are proud to carry on their parents’ legacy of service and giving. Karyl served in the Army herself for four years where she worked in the Air Defense Artillery (aka, she shot down airplanes.) She stationed in Germany and Texas with a training stint in Greece, and she met her husband of 30 years (and counting.)
Linda Ebel Assistant Director of Tourism/Manager of Historic Collinsville
Linda loves to make people (especially her co-workers) laugh. You might never guess that her jovial personality also routinely saved lives as a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. As manager of the Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement, which is owned by Montgomery County and operated by Visit Clarksville, Linda has learned more about the mid-19th century than she every would have imagined. She also never dreamed how much she would come to love that time period and rural way of living. A Pennsylvania native, Linda is active in local veteran service organizations and organizations that help creative awareness for domestic violence within the community. She’s also a mentor for TN Achieves and enjoys kayaking and traveling. The highlight of Linda’s personal life is her four grandchildren.
Noah Curry Content Devloper
Pushing back against the consumer ideology, Noah is much more the experientialist. From the East coast to the West and from the North to the South, Noah has visited 30 different states, and has lived in three different countries. The newest member of the Visit Clarksville Team, Noah recently graduated from Union University before moving back to Clarksville. When not writing blogs or working on the website, you can find Noah photographing the glorious views of Clarksville.
Gwen Browning Welcome Center Customer Service
Gwen has been serving travelers at the Visitor Center since 2016. Like many folks in the area, her family moved to Clarksville when her husband was assigned to Fort Campbell. She worked with the Department of the Army for 30 years before retiring. That break didn’t last too long, and she rejoined the workforce with us. Gwen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, ministry at her church, reading, shopping, meeting new people and traveling. She really considers traveling as a form of therapy and believes that some of her best stories are found within the pages of her passport. She would much rather be somewhere watching a sunset over some ocean than a Netflix any day! One of her favorite things to say to fellow travelers is, “I haven’t been there yet but it’s on my list.” She also loves to capture the moments when she can share and swap travel stories with the many visitors, while dropping suggestions about the many things to see and do in Clarksville. Gwen also believes in creating a life that she loves every day and for her, that includes helping people, including the many visitors that come through the Clarksville Visitor Center.