MCTA names new director |

MCTA names new director

Collin Smith
Michelle Perry

Michelle Perry wants to be a part of Moffat County again.

Now that she is the Moffat County Tourism Association’s director, she has her chance.

Before moving back to her home state of Ohio in 2007, she lived here for three years, working as a reporter, photographer and editor at the Daily Press.

After a few months of being gone, she had to come back and moved here the day before Thanksgiving, just in time to be with her fiance, Craig native Keith Balleck, and his son for the holidays.

After hearing the news of her hire Tuesday, Perry said she’s excited to get started.

“I’ve always felt like Moffat County has a lot to offer tourists,” she said. “There are a lot of exciting things going on around here, and I want the opportunity to promote them.”

While with the Daily Press, Perry said she had the chance to do a variety of things around the county that other people outside the area may not know about.

This includes bird watching, four-wheeling, snowmobile tours and wild horses, just to name a few, Perry said.

“I just want to jump into some of these projects that the (MCTA) board has started to promote these things,” she said.

If Moffat County tourism has one strength, it’s hunting, Perry said.

But, it’s greatest weakness to this point may have been a lack of hands-on work to get new projects accomplished.

“The board does such a great job, but they all have full-time jobs and they don’t have enough time to devote to” what they’re working on, Perry said. “I will be that person that makes sure these things happen.”

Although MCTA board president Tammie Thompson-Booker could not be reached by press time, Perry did explain some of the things that make her feel qualified for the task at hand.

In addition to her newspaper work – which introduced her to a lot of the county and also trained her in writing, photography and design – Perry worked as marketing and events coordinator for Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio.

“All that experience, plus my passion for Moffat County, really makes me feel like I’m the best candidate for the job,” Perry said.

She plans to meet with Thompson-Booker today to go over what the board expects from her going forward.

The next MCTA board meeting is about a month away, but Perry said she feels like there’s enough to do to keep her busy after she starts Monday.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or