Meet Our Staff
Debra Edwards, President and Chief Development Officer
Throughout her career, Debra (Deb) has worked in non-profit organizations and public institutions in the areas of consulting, fundraising and education. She began her career more than 27 years ago as a part-time receptionist for Colorado Mountain College. During her six year stay with Colorado Mountain College she was promoted to Director, now known as Campus Dean. From 1985 to 2006, she was the Executive Director at The Summit Foundation where she grew the organization from 30 donors and $33 thousand in annual revenue to more than 1,000 donors exceeding $1.5 million in annual revenue. Deb was responsible for all executive management functions of the organization including fundraising, donor cultivation and management, strategic planning and financial management, just to name a few. Most recently, she was a consultant for Raising the Roof - Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Capital Campaign Public/Private Partnership Project. Deb assisted the volunteer Steering Committee in raising over $1 million in community/private contributions for the capital roof project from 2006 to 2007.
Deb brings with her a broad scope of expertise in development and has a proven track record of dramatically increasing annual revenues, securing major gifts, establishing donation programs and laying the groundwork for successful fundraising campaigns. In addition to her foundation experience, Deb has extensive knowledge in management and leadership and has been involved with 42 different community organizations as a board member, committee member or volunteer.
Deb has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado. She and her husband Lee live in Breckenridge. They have two adult children.
Linda Lichtendahl, Executive Assistant
Linda began her more than 30-year career in event planning as a volunteer organizer of city-wide events in Cincinnati, Ohio including the Kinderklaus Markt for Children's Hospital and The Festival of Trees for the Junior League. She worked in public relations for Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company and later in marketing for a land developer of residential golf course communities in Cincinnati. She moved to Colorado in 1995 to work for the Town of Frisco where she served as the Marketing and Communications Director until the end of 2007. During those years she brought many new events to Frisco's Main Street including the Colorado BBQ Challenge. She then joined a consulting firm that specialized in designing patient, physician and employee experiences for large and small hospitals across the country.
Living in Breckenridge, Linda is far from her two grown children - a daughter and grandson in Middletown, CA and a son in Charlottesville, VA. However, they visit often to ski and enjoy summer activities in the mountains.