A carefully executed transition process has culminated in the hiring of Geraldine Plato
as the new Executive Director of HandMade
Unanimous approval by HandMade
's Board of Directors on Monday, January 28 brought the executive search to a close with Plato
assuming the position effective March 1.
brings over twenty years of professional experience to her
management role with HandMade
considerable expertise in arts and crafts administration and education, and her
network of community relationships are especially well suited to the mission, programs, and services of HandMade
"It's rewarding to see how the skills I have developed over the years translate so well into my responsibilities at HandMade
My passion for the advancement of crafts, community development in WNC, and hands-on education will find a great home at HandMade
will bring a new emphasis to the nonprofit for the identification and development of added revenue streams, such as the licensing of intellectual properties, fees for services, and individual and corporate gift giving.
"Our Transition Committee is delighted that Geraldine Plato
has emerged as the best of the best," Erickson added.
"We are anxious to get started in the next chapter of HandMade's rich history with Geraldine at the helm as our new Executive Director."
David will be bringing Geraldine
to meet with and get acquainted with each of our Small Towns in the months ahead.