February 11, 2013

Media Contacts:

Laurie Milford, outgoing executive director, Wyoming Outdoor Council 307-333-2179, laurie@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org

Chris Merrill, communications director, Wyoming Outdoor Council, 307-223-0071, chris@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org


Wyoming Outdoor Council Executive Director to Step Down

Board president: It’s a ‘happy transition’


Lander, Wyo. — Wyoming Outdoor Council Executive Director Laurie Milford announced plans today to step down from her position, which she has held for the past six-and-a-half years.Milford_to_step_down_Feb_11

Milford is resigning in order to spend more time with her family, she said.

The Wyoming Outdoor Council board of directors has begun the process of hiring Milford’s replacement, but has not made any final decisions yet, said Janice Harris, board president.

Harris said she’s pleased to be a part of this “happy transition.”

“Our long-time friend and executive director has decided to move on to the next chapter and new adventures in her life,” Harris said.

She said Milford — who joined the staff in 2005 and was promoted to executive director in 2007 — is leaving the organization on solid footing, “both in terms of its finances and staff.”

“Laurie has assembled an incredibly talented, energetic, and professional staff,” Harris said. “The Outdoor Council’s management team, led by the associate director and program director, remains in place and is ably leading the organization.”

Milford — who has agreed to stay on, in a part-time capacity, until her replacement is hired — said the Wyoming Outdoor Council will “sail on” without her at its helm.

“I will continue to be a devoted supporter of the Outdoor Council,” Milford said. “I look forward to watching this organization succeed for the sake of my son and all of our children.”

When it comes to hiring Milford’s replacement, Harris said the board is “in full agreement regarding the direction of the organization,” and is looking at the transition as an “opportunity to build on Laurie’s accomplishments and vision, rather than a time to change direction.”

“Our job now, as we seek to fill the executive director position, is to continue to navigate the course we’ve all plotted together over this last half-decade,” Harris said. “The board and staff are committed to building on this tradition of success.”



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