Project manager hired at Tahoe Heritage Foundation |

Project manager hired at Tahoe Heritage Foundation

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation recently hired Phylise Walker as its new development director and project manager.

“We asked Phylise to consider working for us due to her grant writing and nonprofit experience and her interest in the historic aspect of Lake Tahoe,” said Anne Johnson, immediate past president of the organization.

Founded in 1996, the mission of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation is to help preserve and protect the heritage resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin through restoration, interpretation and education. Although the focus of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation is on the entire Tahoe Basin, the nationally registered Tallac Historic Site is considered the “flagship” property of the foundation because of its visibility and accessibility. The Heritage Foundation works with the USDA Forest Service in producing two special events, the Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Site and the Kokanee Salmon Festival, which takes place at the nearby Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Some of the projects the Tahoe Heritage Foundation is working on or has completed include restoring and securing the Angora Fire Lookout, rebuilding the chimney at the Anita Gibson cabin at the Tallac Historic Site, providing the floors that were replaced at the Valhalla Grand Hall and replacing the roof at the Newhall House at Skunk Harbor. Another project on the planning list is the replanting and restoration of the garden at the Baldwin Estate.

Walker comes to the Tahoe Heritage Foundation with extensive experience in nonprofit groups, mostly with arts organizations.

“I find that my passion for the arts has grown to include design and architectural restoration. I am looking forward to this opportunity to explore those interests with this new position,” she said.

Walker has served as executive director of the Alpine County Arts Commission and as arts coordinator for the city of South Lake Tahoe, where she developed a public art program, the Heritage Murals of Lake Tahoe and the Artists Studio Tour. Before moving to South Lake Tahoe she was the executive director of the Fresno Arts Council and the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts. She currently is co-president of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society and works with public art projects.

For more information regarding the Tahoe Heritage Foundation call (530) 544-7383.

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