Pictured: Rick Davis/
Evan Russell, CEO and President, and Maya Weinhart, Executive Director of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, are delighted to announce that Rick Davis has joined the Mammoth Lakes Foundation as its new Director of Development.
“We are thrilled to have Rick join our team,” stated Russell. “He brings a long-time commitment to, and knowledge of, both the community and the Foundation.” Davis is charged with creating and implementing the overall fundraising plan for the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. His passion for people, education, arts and living in a small mountain community environment are the character traits the Foundation sought in its new Director of Development.
“We went through an extensive search process to find a Director of Development capable of finding other sources of financial support that will allow MLF to advance existing projects and move major goals forward, including growing a community/college cultural center,” added Weinhart. “It’s important to have the tools to continue to build demand by expanding current cultural programming. With a Development Director, we will be able to build a stable funding source for MLF, convert potential donors to active donors, and provide funding for expanded higher education and arts programming.”
“MLF has a credible history of accomplishments,” stated Russell, “including acquiring land for community use; supporting arts, theater and education, providing over 350 local college scholarships, and aiding countless other students (young and old) in realizing their dreams and improving their lives through higher education.
“We searched for a dedicated development professional with an understanding of who we are and what we hope to accomplish, combined with the necessary people skills to help us accomplish those goals. We believe we have found that person in Rick Davis,” added Russell.
Davis first arrived in Mammoth in 1975 and like many others began his career working on the Mountain for Dave McCoy. That eventually led to working for Tom Dempsey at Snowcreek Athletic Club and Golf Course for15 years; since then Davis has been and remains a Broker in the Real Estate community.
“I’m especially excited to have Rick join us,” commented Weinhart. “Our staff does an outstanding job supporting the efforts and activities of the Foundation, but with Rick on board we can kick it up a notch and really make headway in planning, improving, and sustaining for the future.
Davis came to Mammoth by way of San Diego. He was born in Hawaii into a family with a father in the U.S. Navy, and as a result spent his first 22 years living in multiple cities beginning with Hawaii, several returns to San Diego; Newport, Rhode Island; Boston; Iceland, and Puerto Rico. “I haven’t left Mammoth since I arrived — guess I was looking for a permanent home. Mammoth is it,” Davis commented. “I’ve been involved with and supporting the events of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation since its beginning, and I’m looking forward to working now from the inside; helping Dave and Gary McCoy, Evan, the Staff, the Board, and supporters of the Foundation sustain its goals for decades to come.”
Davis lives in Swall Meadows with his wife Karolynn and their 10 year old daughter, Kennah. –Press Release