After a seven-year hiatus helping to establish and lead Park City's successful community foundation, Trisha Worthington is returning to familiar surroundings. In May, she will step into a new role as executive vice president and chief development officer of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
Worthington led the USSA's fundraising arm from 1995 to 2007 and when she formally assumes the new post, she will be teaming up with an old friend -- Tiger Shaw, an Olympic Alpine ski racer who served on the USSA's board during Worthington's previous tenure and recently replaced Bill Marolt as president and CEO.
"We've known each other for 20 years," she said.
As chief development officer, Worthington will be charged with finding untapped sources of funding for the association's growing number of athletes. It is an especially critical role as new ski and snowboard disciplines become Olympic events and as the costs of competing at the world-class level continue to rise.
"I love sport, I always have. It is a big part of my life," Worthington said of her decision to return to the USSA.
Having attended several Olympics, she said that watching Billy Demong rise through the ranks on the U.S. Nordic Team and win a gold medal was one of her proudest moments.
"When I started he was just 15 and I watched him work so hard to get to that moment. To be a small part of that success was incredibly moving for me."
Worthington admits that leaving the Park City Community Foundation is bittersweet but says she is confident its success will continue.
PCCF programs director Katie Wright will assume Worthington's duties as interim director while the board advertises for the position, she said, adding "Katie has been by my side from the beginning."
Wright echoed Worthington's optimism.
"It has been an incredible team at the Park City Community Foundation and while transitions are always sad, I feel very confident that it will be here for perpetuity," she said.
According to a press release from the PCCF, a search committee will look for candidates to fill the executive director's post and hope to have a selection by August 1.
For more information about the community foundation and about the position visit www.parkcitycommunityfoundation.org or contact Trisha Worthington, 435-214-7475, firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Wright, 435-214-7476, Katie@theparkcityfoundation.org.