Friday, July 18, 2014

ICCA Dream Team Reaches the finals - restructure supports momentum & diversified programming

Announced  restructure supports momentum & diversified programming such as on-going classical music series, theater, film, The Met: Live in HD opera series, continued festivals, educational programs and other community partner events.

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Leavenworth, WA   – there's a whole lot going on at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts (ICCA,) ICCA, an independent, non-profit organization, is supported by contributions and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations. ) ICAA is a place where learning, creating, and performing inspire and nurture the human spirit in a spectacular mountain setting.

The ICCA Board of Directors formally approved the appointment of Rebecca Ryker as General Manager.  Ryker, is a well-known Executive in the Bellevue, WA area . Having directed the catering and food services department at the Harbor Club, she brings several years of management experience. She has directed youth camps and educational programs across the state and has won several accolades in sales. She comes with an educational background in the hospitality/business arena. Ryker was initially hired at ICCA to fill the Event Manager position but quickly moved into her new role as General Manager.

In its new structure,  ICCA announced two promotions: Lilia Grundy as Director of Marketing and Communications and Michael Caemmerer promoted to the newly created position of Director of Program Development. Both directors, along with Ryker will act and serve as the new ICAA executive team

Grundy continues to be an anchoring force and has led the rebranding efforts of the organization from its former name, Icicle Creek Music Center to the now ICCA. Grundy is a seasoned marketing professional with sixteen years of branding and business development experience among companies such as NBC Television, Telemundo Station Group and Kraft Foods.

Caemmerer joins ICCA after 15 years in New Delhi India where he served as head of Performing Arts, Theater Manager/Director and Director of the Visiting Artist series for the American Embassy School. He continues to direct theater productions, most recently working in Bloomington, Indiana as well as in Wenatchee with the Mission Creek Players. His work at ICCA will be focused on solidifying the strong base of current offerings as well as the development of new series and events.

Highlighting customer service as priority during strategic planning meetings, ICCA created a new Patron Services Coordinator position filled by Alex Weirich, a former ICCA intern and music major. Andrea Uchytil, a graduate from top-rated Washington State University’s hospitality program, was hired to serve as Event Manager. Lori Payne, experienced in accounting and finance, was recently hired to fill the Office Coordinator position.

In ICCA’s latest move to continue offering quality programming, filmmaker and writer Jamie Howell, founder/owner of Howell at the Moon Productions, has been contracted as the new Artistic Director for the nascent film program. He has also been hired to fill the Technical Services Director staff position by overseeing productions across the various performance facilities. He has been producing documentary films and commercial video productions since 1999. Pedal-Driven, his current bikeumentary, is currently airing nationally and internationally on the Universal Sports Network and was selected as a finalist in the Banff Mountain Film Festival film competition.

ICCA continues to build momentum as its programming has diversified over the last three years and now proudly features various performing arts series including the on-going classical music series, theater, film, The Met: Live in HD opera series, continued festivals, educational programs and other community partner events.

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