The Board of Directors for the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center announced that they hired Pinewood Springs resident Christy Crosser as their new, and their first-ever director. “This position will give a real boost for the not-for-profit organizations serving the Estes Valley,” stated Frank Shavlik, board president.
Crosser was a founder of the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) here in Lyons, and served as the Chair of the organization until last fall. The LCF, in only two years of existence has granted over $50,000 to local school groups, the Food Bank, Sounds of Lyons, art projects, the museum/ historic society, youth sports programs, the Golden Gang, the Garden Club, Crossing Guard Project, 9Health Fair, etc., all to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and encourage positive change for the greater Lyons area. Obviously Estes Park made a “good hire.”
The Nonprofit Resource Center was founded in 2004, and serves nonprofit organizations in the Estes Valley. They offer training and technical assistance in a variety of topics including governance; fund development; nonprofit, fiscal and volunteer management; strategy development, and much more. The Board of Directors and a team of trainers and consultants include professionals who are national experts with significant experience working with organizations. Crosser adds to this mix of expertise with her nonprofit experience, mostly in the area of health care.
Crosser is a native Coloradan with a Masters Degree in Organizational Development from Colorado State University. Her first experience in grant writing was in the early 1980s, writing an application to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for $50,000, to open a women’s health clinic in Park City, Utah. The clinic is still there though under different ownership and management. She has served as a fund development manager and trainer for the American Heart Association; a regional director and trainer for John Snow, Inc. as a federal contractor serving health care agencies; as a Project Officer for the federal government; and for six years she was the project manager for the Mississippi Delta Rural Hospital Performance Improvement Program, working with 100 small, rural hospitals in the deep south. Currently, Crosser is consulting with a variety of organizations, all nonprofits. The Nonprofit Resource Center Director position is part time and she will continue consulting work.