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New director hired for Symphony in the Flint Hills

By The Mercury

The board of directors of Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc.has chosen Christy Davis as the organization’s new executive director. Davis will officially start on Monday.

“We are thrilled to have Christy on board and serving as executive director,” said Marty White, board chair for Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. “We were very pleased to find a person who was such a perfect fit for our organization—she has tremendous experience and passion for preserving communities and she embraces our mission to heighten the appreciation and knowledge of the tallgrass prairie.”

Davis, a fifth-generation Kansan, founded her own historic preservation consulting firm (Davis Preservation) in 2006, and specialized in assisting property owners in designating their properties and securing funding for their preservation projects. Prior to starting her own company, she was a preservation planner and deputy state historic preservation officer for almost a decade.

“For the past 15 years, I’ve been helping communities preserve their unique character and now I’m ready to embrace a new challenge — to celebrate the character of one of our state’s most significant cultural resources,” said Davis. “I look forward to working with everyone involved to advance the mission of the Symphony in the Flint Hills.”

A nationwide search was conducted earlier this year to fill the executive director position for Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. Davis starts work as the organization begins planning for their ninth annual event scheduled for June 14, 2014.

“It’s an exciting time for Symphony in the Flint Hills,” said White. “We just wrapped up a successful event at Fort Riley, we are working towards our ninth annual event for next June, and we are developing plans for our tenth anniversary celebration in 2015. With Christy as executive director, we feel we are in a great position to advance our mission and continue to do our part to help preserve and bring heightened awareness to the prairie like never before.”

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