West returns to city as Director of Marketing and Communication


The Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Kelli M. West as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

“Kelli is no stranger to Natchitoches,” said Arlene Gould, Executive Director. “We are excited to have Kelli and her family back in Natchitoches to be a part of the CVB team and the Natchitoches community.” West is a graduate of Northwestern State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

After graduation, she interned at the Natchitoches CVB then worked full time as the Media and Public Relations Manager from 2005-07. West returned to the tourism industry in 2010 as the Marketing Manager for the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a graduate of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Marketing College and a graduate of the Louisiana Travel Association’s Leadership Academy. West serves on the Public Relations Association of Louisiana state board as Vice President of Student Services & Awards and President-Elect, as well as the Central Louisiana Chapter’s board as Programming Chair.

She is a member of the Southern Public Relations Federation, the Junior League of Alexandria, the Young Professionals Group of Central Louisiana, and the New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts Advisory Committee at NSU. She is an alumnae of Alpha Omicron Pi, serving as Chapter Adviser for Kappa Chi Chapter at NSU and as an Alumnae Chapter member.

West was awarded the Emerging Leader Award by the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce in June 2018, the Rising Star Award by Junior League of Alexandria for 2017/18, and named one of CenLa’s 20 Under 40 by the Alexandria Town Talk in 2017.

West and husband, Patrick, also a graduate of Northwestern State, are the proud parents of three sons.