Foster new executive director |

Foster new executive director

— Libby Foster, former case manager for Partners in Routt County, was introduced as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director on Tuesday.

Foster takes over for Lane Malone, who took a job as the grant writer for Routt County’s three public school districts.

“I am just really excited,” Foster said Thursday. “I am thrilled and I am honored and I know I have a lot of support. The future is looking good here at Partners.”

Partners is a youth-mentoring organization that pairs local youths, or “junior partners,” with compatible adult volunteers, or “senior partners.” The primary role of the senior partner is to be a positive role model, friend and advocate for the youngsters, who range in age from 7 to 17. Most junior partners are referred to the organization, but participation is 100 percent voluntary. Youths who become junior partners are referred for a variety of reasons, often for something as common as living in a single-parent household.

More than 20 people applied for the executive director position. By July 24, the organization’s interview committee had narrowed the field to six finalists. In the end, Foster’s experience with children and her familiarity with the area and the organization shot her to the top of the list, said Craig Kennedy, chairman of Partners’ hiring committee.

“We thought all six people we interviewed were strong candidates,” Kennedy said. “It was a tough decision for us. In the end it has a lot to do with Partners’ current needs and what we need to do in the next year. We have 100 percent confidence in Libby.”

For the last three years, Foster has worked as case manager for Partners. Before coming to Partners, Foster was the education coordinator and director at The Catamount Institute, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs. She also holds a master’s degree in teaching secondary science from Colorado College.

“It’s been a whirlwind the last couple of days,” Foster said. “Tons of new learning. I’ve got some extra-large shoes to fill because Lane did a tremendous job here.”

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