Perry-Mansfield appoints new co-executive directors
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp has hired two current employees to serve as co-executive directors.
The board has restructured the organization and selected Toni Quick, former director of operations, to manage all aspects of summer camp administration and organization compliance, and Kelly Latterman, who has served as director of development since early summer, to oversee all external affairs for the organization.
“Toni and I have different sets of skills, and combined, I think that makes a great executive director,” Latterman said. “This is a unique place here, and it takes those different skills – we’re doing more than just running a camp in the summer.”
The last time Perry-Mansfield had co-executive directors dates back to 1913 when the camp was founded in Strawberry Park by Portia Mansfield and Charlotte Perry.
“When they established the camp, they each brought very different skills to the organization,” Quick said. “Our collaborative nature as individuals and our mutual passion for the Perry-Mansfield vision will allow us to move P-M forward and further strengthen our reputation as one of the foremost summer performing arts programs in the nation.”
As co-executive directors, their duties will include fundraising, overseeing programming and facilities and cultivating relationships with staff, parents, students and artists.
“The board views this shift as a great step forward for Perry-Mansfield,” said Rob Schwartz, Friends of Perry-Mansfield Board treasurer. “We are focused on building on our past history and success while remaining a well-known national name in both dance and theatre training programs.”
Latterman has a background in grants management, fundraising, public speaking and community relations, serving previously as a senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures. There, she did work that included writing policy briefs, providing presentations to outside groups, managing grants and planning events.
“This is a natural fit, as I enjoy connecting with people and building relationships over shared interests,” Latterman said of her new role. “I am proud to represent an organization with a 105-year history of nurturing talent in dance and theatre as well as exposing students to equestrian and the natural beauty of Steamboat.”
Quick has a background in human resources and business management through her many years of overseeing the camp operations.
“It is important to be able to jump in and do a little bit of everything here, so I am regularly multi-tasking — accounting, working on contracts and anticipating the needs of faculty and staff,” Quick said.
“We continually provide students the opportunity of a lifetime, working alongside expert faculty to cultivate their artistic acumen,” Latterman said. “By getting to students early and providing young artists the opportunities to explore new mediums, we create a pipeline of artistic talent for Routt County and beyond.”
To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.
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