After an extensive and thoughtful search, the Missouri State Fair Foundation
has selected Wendy Faulconer as its new executive director.
"Wendy Faulconer is the ideal person to lead the Foundation into the future," said Marion Lucas, Foundation chairman. "Faulconer's leadership, expertise, and passion for the Missouri State Fair will enable the Foundation to succeed in it's mission of preserving, improving and perpetuating the rich heritage of the Missouri State Fair."
Faulconer has more than 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and public agencies. She has administered and written grants for the Missouri Department of Education, Missouri Department of Transportation, private foundations, and public schools. Faulconer has worked closely with the Resource Development staff at Children's Mercy Hospital to raise thousands of dollars. She chairs the Children's Mercy Regional Council, and is a member of the Benton County 4-H Fair Board, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Benton County Historical Society. Faulconer is a long time resident of the area and resides in Warsaw with her family. The State Fair has been a family tradition for four generations.
"I am honored to have been chosen as the new director of the foundation, which has made so many important contributions to the Missouri State Fair," Faulconer said. "I have the opportunity to take the foundation to new levels that will have an even greater impact on those who participate in the fair."
Faulconer noted that these are challenging times, especially in the nonprofit sector, however, she added that there is tremendous energy and excitement at the foundation for growing a philanthropic base that will help the State Fair successfully overcome the challenges of today while building for the future.
"I am looking forward to working with the Foundation's outstanding board members, donors and volunteers to advance this important work," she said.
Source: Missouri State Fair