Staff and Consultants

Katherine Correll, Executive Director

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Katherine Correll is an innovative and creative strategist, who serves as a resource choreographer for local governments, non-profits, and private businesses hoping to achieve more with less. She brings broad experience from forming co-operatives of rural women, initiating local government strategic reforms, expanding professional development and volunteer networks, and spanning the fields of outreach and engagement, community and economic development, not-for-profit administration, strategic planning and logic frameworks, project development and management, local government planning, marketing and communications, financial and economic development services, and education. 

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Katherine has worked with development initiatives in Denver, New York, Chicago, and the Former Soviet Union.  She has experience spanning the fields of community outreach to advance downtown and community development, not-for-profit administration, project development and management, local government planning, marketing, financial and economic development services, and education. Her focus on strategic planning and organizational development and management includes building viable and sustainable private, public, and non-for-profit institutions and programs. Katherine received her master's degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and her bachelor's degree in Politics with a Minor in Urban Studies from New York University.

Will Cundiff, Operations manager

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Will grew up outside of London, UK which is where he first discovered his interest in urban planning and design. Will has a BA in Urban Planning from Miami University (OH), and a M.U.R.P from the University of Colorado  Denver.  

Consulting Partners

Rachel Trignano, Communications Strategist

Rachel Trignano is a Denver-based communications consultant who works primarily with non-profits, start-ups, and SMB's to attract audiences and build reputations. She uses her marketing and PR background to develop compelling messaging told through thoughtful content strategy to help brands and businesses grow. A problem-solver by nature, Rachel believes the best solutions come from bringing together creativity and practicality through collaborative work — and that work should be fun.

Andrew Curtis, Program coordinator  / Americorps VISTA Leader

Andrew is originally from a bucolic part of New Jersey, an area of the country many do not know exists, and received his BA in History from Susquehanna University in 2015. Before coming to DCI to move into his current position overseeing the AmeriCorps VISTA program, Andrew assisted the Town of Elizabeth's Main Street Program in efforts to revitalize the downtown. 


Val Peterson, Communications Coordinator / Americorps VISTA

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Valerie grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Kansas where she received a BA in History and Sociology. Prior to this role at DCI, she worked in the youth development and education fields with a focus on creative program development and implementation. 


Sam is Will Cundiff's dog who is in the office most days to keep away the mail men that try to deliver us much needed office supplies (but what is more needed is our sense of safety - thanks Sam) and is our in-house expert on financing mechanisms for downtown revitalization. Unfortunately, he only communicates his lack of kibble and does not speak English. When Sam isn't working (re: napping), he enjoys walks, hiking, and skiing with Will on the weekends.

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