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Resume of Experience

Susan has extensive experience and qualifications in the following discplines:
Executive Mentorship - Strategic Planning - Board Development - Interim Leadership Positions
Arts Organization Management
Development - Private and Corporate Donor Relations, Private and Public Grant Management, Capital Campaigns
Special Event Coordination - Fundraisers; Conferences; Workshops; Staff, Board and Community Retreats

Professional Profile & Relevant Experience


Lander & Associates, LLC                                                     2012 - present      Durango, Colorado

  •  Non-Profit consultant developing fundraising and marketing plans for non-profits throughout Southwest  Colorado including:

  •  The Liberty School 

  •  Bear Smart

  •  Mountain Studies Institute

  •  Montezuma School to Farm.

  •  Southern Ute Community Action Program’s  - currently developing a capital campaign including                    marketing, for the new Head Start facility in Ignacio, CO.


Durango Area Tourism Office, Interim Executive Director      2012-2013          Durango, Colorado

  • Interim executive director June 2012, through January 2013

  • Working with staff and board to maintain and organize the organization


Music in the Mountains, Executive Director                            2001-2012          Durango, Colorado

  • Lead non-profit through more than eleven years of unprecedented growth.

  • Produced 10 three-week classical music festivals consisting of forty plus concerts at eleven venues across Southwest Colorado and New Mexico.

  • Tripled annual contributions to more than $1 million and doubled festival attendance.

  • Expanded school outreach program to include youth at risk and incarcerated youth.


Women’s Resource Center, Executive Director                       1994-2000           Durango, Colorado

  • Built small community support center into thriving non-profit recognized locally and statewide for innovation and excellence.

  • Increased annual budget by 600% and quadrupled staff and membership by 400% in six years.

  • Oversaw extensive growth in community relations and networking with existing agencies.

  • Founded numerous programs that received statewide recognition including an annual community conference and a women’s empowerment training program.

  • Successfully launched and completed capital fund campaign to secure permanent home for the center.


Topo Machinery                                                                     1985-1994     El Paso, Texas; Mexico City

  • Partner and Co-founder of International sales and service small business.

  • Distributed mining equipment to North American mines, primarily in Mexico.


Boards of Directors

  • Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Denver, Colorado, Rural Outreach - 2012 - present

  • Women’s Resource Center, Advisory Board, 2010 - present

  • Community Resource Center, Denver, Colorado, 1997 - 2013

  • El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence Commissioner, 2007 -2012

  • Durango Area Tourism Office, Treasurer, 2007 -2012

  • El Pomar Foundation Southwest Regional Council, 2002–2012

  • Philanthropy Days of Southwest Colorado, 1998, 2002, 2006


Community Involvement - Durango, Colorado 

  • Finalist, Durango Citizen of the Year, January 2013

  • Durango Independent Film Festival Executive Director mentor, 2012 - 2013

  • Fort Lewis College, Non Profit Leadership Classes, 2012 and 2013

  • Philanthropy Days of Southwest Colorado, presenter, 2010 and 2014

  • 2010 Extraordinary Leader Award, Women’s Resource Center & Colorado Women’s Foundation, 2009

  • Big Brother/Big Sisters, Board training, 2009

  • Silent Hero, United Way of Southwest Colorado, 2006

  • Out on the Colorado Plateau, committee member, 2005

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Community, Durango Chamber of Commerce, 1996 & 2005

  • Leadership La Plata, 1995-1996

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