Linda Steigleder, Director and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village
PITTSFIELD >> Linda Steigleder, president and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village, plans to step down in November after five years at the helm of the Route 20 museum.
said Thursday that the museum "came out on the other side" of lean Great Recession years and is now "getting stronger, balancing our budget."
is a seasoned museum professional, passionate about Hancock Shaker Village
and has helped strengthen earned and contributed income, diversify public-program offerings, and attract high-caliber talent to the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteer corps," Cain said.
Much of running a modern museum involves finding "innovative ways to survive financially," Steigleder
said, and so went her
work through the years.
According to Steigleder
, though, the nonprofit's debt now totals less than $200,000.
"It's not onerous debt," Steigleder
"I think some of our sister institutions in the Berkshires probably have more onerous debt."
added, "We have a lot more work to do; we need more help.
But it's not a place, I think, that has a mess on its hands."
has taken a "spend what you raise" approach to keep budgets in check, but more needs to be done in the fundraising department.
"You can't quite keep up," she
"That's the bear of it all.
But we've done much better in the last five years."
Last year, the Dyson Foundation
provided $100,000 to study a potential HSV-Berkshire Museum merger which never came to fruition.
But, Steigleder said, it brought the organizations and their respective staffs closer together, and tightened up shared programming, marketing and exhibits.
Ultimately, the numbers simply didn't show significant savings to justify a potentially "painful" merger, Steigleder
"Some day if we want to revisit a deeper partnership, that's certainly a possibility, but it's not going to happen in the next few years," she
The museum's 14-member board has known of Steigleder's
planned departure since the fall, and will have hired her
replacement before she
Prior to HSV, Steigleder managed the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, N.Y., and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn.
doesn't plan to retire but is seeking more "flexibility."
advocated taking on future restoration projects in small batches and networking among potential donors.
"We need more help from major donors," Steigleder