Linda Mansperger, the new development director of the The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key, completed her first day on the job Monday and already says she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
“I’ve admired (the Hermitage) before I took this position,” she said. “My interest is from a historical and environmental perspective. We’re surrounded by a beautiful collection of historic cottages.”
Mansperger said the position provides an opportunity to combine Florida’s history and environment with the Hermitage’s cultural and creative arts.
“Quality over quantity is a benchmark with this organization,” she said.
Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage, plans for Mansperger to be a priceless resource in helping shape the future of the retreat.
“Linda’s going to bring us invaluable attributes like wisdom, expertise and relationships to the Hermitage,” Rodgers said. “She knows a lot of people in the community and we’re looking to take advantage of her 20-plus years of relationship-building skills.”
Artists stay at the Hermitage for no charge but are asked to give free community programs while they are in residence. Artist programs include talks at schools, libraries, community centers and free sunset beach readings.
While Mansperger’s primary role will be fundraising, Rodgers said she will also bring more local, state, national and international communities exposure to the Hermitage.
“I think one way is looking at it as connecting the community in a way to help support our mission,” Rodgers said.
Mansperger is the first to hold her position at the Hermitage. She will have a hand in all aspects of fundraising including grant writing and reviewing, special events and donor relations. From 1976 to 1985, she was the Assistant Director of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami. In 1985, she moved to Sarasota and was hired as the Executive Director/CEO of Gulf Coast Heritage Association (Historic Spanish Point), holding the position through February 2013, according to a press release.
“Mansperger is our first development director. Her experience in nonprofit is extensive and we know she will be a great addition to our staff,” said Board President Larry Bold in a statement.
The Hermitage is located at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.
For more information, go to hermitagearistretreat.org or call 941-475-2098.