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Vonnie joined the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation as Executive Director in March 2010. However, she first became affiliated with the Foundation in January, 2007 as its founding Development Director. Her leadership in the initial fundraising efforts led to the paying off of all outstanding debts and back taxes, the development of a strategic and business plan, and the creation of an exemplary board of trustees. Vonnie was appointed interim Vice President in March, 2007, Acting President in August, 2007, and elected President in January, 2008. Under her direction, the CFTF achieved 501 (c) 3 status, secured ownership of the Colonial Fox Theatre, completed an initial Market Research Study, a Structural Conditions Report, and a Preservation Plan.
During her first two years with the Foundation, Vonnie insured its fiscal and public credibility through successful grant applications and awards, including a 2008 – 2010 Pritchett Trust Fund Grant, a 2008 Heritage Trust Fund Grant, two 2008 Kansas Art Commission Mini-Grants, and a 2008 Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Grant, a 2008 Founders Fund Grant, and a 2008-2010 Bess Spiva Timmons Family Foundation Grant, and a 2009 Save America’s Treasures Grant.
Vonnie has over 30 years experience in the public environment, working with and volunteering for nonprofit organizations. She has served as president of the Kansas Historic Theatre Association since 2009 and continues to serve as Coordinator of the Pittsburg Food Cooperative, a position she has held for 20 years. She formerly was the Academic Assessment Coordinator for Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas. She served as officer and board member of the Friends of the Axe Library, Fundraiser and Project Coordinator for the SEK Humane Society, as a board member of the Pittsburg Wesley House and the Pittsburg American Red Cross. Vonnie holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in communication from Pittsburg State University.
Vonnie brings her years of experience in organizational and business communication, goal setting, consensus building, fund raising, project supervision, database development and management to every phase of the development of the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation.
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