Ricki Levine of Saugatuck, Mich. Assumes Responsibility on September 18, 2017

HOLLAND, MICH. (Sept. 5, 2017) – Holland’s premier museum and protector of stories announces the appointment of their new Executive Director, Ricki Levine of Saugatuck, Mich.

Most recently Levine has worked as the Managing Director of the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, Michigan.  In that role, Levine was responsible for all the business operations, strategic direction and development for the performing arts organization and served as it’s spokesperson.  Prior to her time with the Frauenthal Center, Levine was Development Director at the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Managing Director at the Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, Michigan.

“Mrs. Levine brings an entrepreneurial spirit of leadership backed with the experience of a non-profit executive with a proven track record for strategy and development,” said Andrew Baldus, Chairman of the Board, Holland Historical Trust.  “We entertained over ninety qualified candidates and feel we have found the perfect fit for the success of the Holland Historical Trust.”

Levine moved to west Michigan in 2005 from Los Angeles, California.  She has her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from George Washington University in Washington D.C and is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and past Board Member of the regional Chapter.  She is also a standing member of the Muskegon Rotary club, the Saugatuck Douglas Historic Society and volunteers for AWARE and the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance.

“Arts and culture organizations are vital to any community that wishes to prosper,” said Levine.   “We provide an enhanced quality of life for locals, making it a compelling draw for prospective residents and cultivate tourism, all of which substantially contribute to the economic strength of the region.”

Levine will assume responsibilities as the Executive Director of the Holland Historical Trust as of September 18, 2017.  The Holland Historical Trust has been operating with interim Executive Director, Janet DeYoung since the start of 2017.  In December of 2016, the museum announced the departure of their past Executive Director, Chris Shires.

The Holland Historical Trust is pleased to welcome Levine as they usher in a variety of new exhibits and initiatives this year including, SparkLab, the flagship education program of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation which will be a new hands-on invention workspace where children and families can learn about and engage in the history and process of invention.

About the Holland Historical Trust: The Holland Historical Trust is the catalyst for a dynamic interaction of the past and present that enriches the greater Holland area. The Holland Historical Trust manages three marquee properties including: The Holland Museum, The Cappon House and Settlers House.  The Holland Museum is located at the corner of 10th Street and River Avenue, across from Centennial Park at 31 West 10th Street. More information can be found at www.hollandmuseum.org.


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