Steamboat Springs June Lindenmayer wanted to come to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp when she was 13. Years later, she is its new executive director.
"I'm living, through these kids, what I wanted to do years ago," Lindenmayer said during her first day at camp Monday.
She took over from Jim Pearce, who left the camp in October to be closer to his family.
A nationwide search began in January. Lindenmayer was one of five candidates interviewed from a pool of 60, according to Jim Steinberg, president of the camp's board of directors. Steinberg said she was the unanimous choice of the search committee, which included board and non-board members.
"June brings a wealth of experience in Colorado arts as well as number of areas we were looking for, like development and programming," Steinberg said.
As executive director, Lindenmayer's duties will include dealing with fund raising, programming and facilities, and cultivating relationships with staff, parents, children and artists.
"She not only has great sensitivity to the arts, but to artists," Steinberg said.
Although things are quiet at the camp until students descend upon it in early June, Lindenmayer is not daunted by her responsibilities.
"I did a lot before I came here. It's learning what's the best way to do things, for the students and for the faculty," she said.
Lindenmayer is from Iowa and she originally heard about the camp because of its association with Stevens College. She comes to Perry-Mansfield from the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, where she was program director for 11 years. Before that, she was at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins for 10 years and also worked for the Aspen Music Festival.
Lindenmayer's employment history impressed the committee. Committee member Steve Marshall said management stability was at the top of the list in the search. Pearce was executive director for two years.
"She's not a job-hopper," Marshall said.
Steinberg said a long-term director is crucial now as the camp embarks on capital improvements, like installing a new plumbing system.
Marshall said that while the other candidates were excellent, he though Lindenmayer was a good fit for the Steamboat Springs community and one who was realistic about it.
"This is not Disneyland. It's a gorgeous place, but you're going to have to work hard," Marshall said.
Lindenmayer said Steamboat Springs is a welcome change for her and she is glad to be here in a place she described as "a slice of heaven."
Committee member Diana Sutton of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation said she was very impressed with Lindenmayer's outgoing personality.
"She's got an engaging friendly personality that's a good match for the community," Sutton said.
Marshall said this will help forge ties with the community.
"Perry-Mansfield needs to build bridges to the community," Marshall said. "I think she's going to be the person to go down to the high school and shake hands with (drama teacher) Stuart Handloff and say, 'Why don't you refer your kids to us?'"
"She will be much more visible in the community," Steinberg said.
Lindenmayer said she hopes that people will speak to her about Perry-Mansfield or a show they liked.
"Those are the kinds of things I'd expect," she said. "I've chosen to make this my home."
Staff members also met with Lindenmayer and are very excited about her, according to program director Tina Harlow. Harlow said she was impressed by the fact that Lindenmayer wanted to come here since she was a little girl.
"Her heart's already in the place," Harlow said.
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