Steamboat Springs Although the Yampa Valley Community Foundation received more than 90 resumes from across the nation, the organization did not have to go far to select its new executive director.
It picked Linda Haltom, who has been its staff accountant since 2001 and the interim director of the nonprofit organization since April.
Chairman Emeritus Ed Hill announced to the board last week that Haltom accepted the position.
"She has the necessary experience and has proven in her execution of the duties as interim executive director that she can do an exceptional job," Hill said.
Hill said Haltom's experience in finance will be a valuable asset, and he expects Haltom to spend more time developing long-term strategic goals for the community foundation.
She will be working to set up savings accounts for nonprofits and establishing endowments, Hill said.
"She has such a strong financial background, which is really key to our future," Hill said.
Before taking over as interim director, Haltom worked part time for the organization and was its chief financial officer for the last year and half.
Haltom also has been involved with other nonprofits in Steamboat Springs, including Habitat for Humanity, the Animal Shelter and the Euzoa Bible Church and Retreat Center.
Haltom moved to Steamboat Springs in 1996 from Alexandria, Va. She lives with her husband, Sam, and two children.
Before moving here, Haltom and her sister ran an accounting firm that specialized in nonprofit organizations, according to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Web site. She also worked for the Association of American Railroads and the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute.
Haltom has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education from East Carolina University. She has an MBA in accounting from George Washington University.
The community foundation has been searching for a director for five months, since Dianna Sutton left as president and CEO after serving the organization of eight years. The organization advertised online and in publications for nonprofit foundations.
"(Haltom's) was head and shoulders above the other 90-some applications," Hill said.
The community foundation develops annual and growing funds to support organizations and innovative programs that preserve traditions and maintain the character of the community.
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