LINVILLE — The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has named Courtney Lane its new director of development.
Lane, whose duties include managing the engagement of donors and supporters of Grandfather Mountain, comes from the Crossnore School & Children’s Home in nearby Crossnore, where she served in advancement for nearly four years.
“We are very excited to welcome Courtney to the Grandfather Mountain family,” said Jesse Pope, president and executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville nature park.
Pope noted that Lane’s skillset and background will be “an incredible enhancement” for the park’s development staff.
“I grew up coming to Grandfather Mountain — walking, hiking, going across the Mile High Swinging Bridge and taking photos — but I didn’t really know about the conservation aspect,” Lane said. “When I began to learn about the educational component, it was really exciting to me. I also think it’s inspiring for folks who haven’t been to this area before.”
“Education is a major part of our mission,” said Frank Ruggiero, the foundation’s director of marketing and communication. “At Grandfather, we like to bridge education with outdoor fun. In fact, our mission statement is to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.”
Lane hopes to inspire the foundation’s many supporters to invest in this mission.
“While Grandfather Mountain generates revenue to cover operating expenses, we rely on grants and private donations to enhance our educational opportunities and capital needs,” Pope said. “Courtney will help us work toward finding the resources to advance our mission and make a greater impact on our conservation efforts.”
According to Pope, Lane’s arrival comes at a crucial time. With Grandfather Mountain embarking on its Fulfilling Promises capital campaign to fund the creation of a new “Conservation Campus,” Pope feels the foundation’s new development director will play a vital role.