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Lisa Diekmann to Step Down as BSF Director of Development
  
July 28, 2020
by:  
Jenny White

PRESS RELEASE

Bozeman, MT -

In August, after more than eight years with the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF), Lisa Diekmann, Director of Development, will move on to a new challenge as President and CEO of Yellowstone Forever.

Diekmann started working with BSF in 2012, when the organization was at a turning point. BSF had recently hired our first executive director and we needed more help with fundraising. Lisa stepped up to the challenge as our first-ever Director of Development and raised the support that we needed to take our programs to the next level. She has helped us keep our programs affordable, accessible, safe, and fun, and our community Nordic trails groomed and open to everyone. She has also raised money to double the amount of scholarship aid we award and has spearheaded the fundraising for the Sunset Hills Legacy project.

“Lisa Diekmann has improved Bozeman,” said Evan Weiss, BSF Executive Director. “Skiing is a big part of our culture and Lisa’s efforts have given thousands of kids more affordable access to the mountains. Lisa has been a behind-the scene leader. At BSF, Lisa spearheaded capital campaigns for safe transportation, scholarships, and the snowmaking project at Sunset Hills. Skiing in our community is more affordable and more accessible because of her. I thank Lisa for her passion, and I look forward to seeing her impact at Yellowstone Forever.”

Lisa Diekmann (center) with her sons Logan (L) and Liam (R), who both skied with BSF. Liam went on to also coach Nordic. After skiing for the University of Utah, Logan recently returned to BSF as a member of the BSF Nordic Pro Team.


When asked about her time at BSF, Diekmann said, “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the staff, coaches, families, and friends of the Bridger Ski Foundation. When you believe in the mission of your organization and work with good people who are passionate, fun to be around, and dedicated to the cause you know you’re in the right place. I have been very fortunate. BSF is like family. My sons, Logan and Liam, grew up with BSF and my husband, Alex, was a zealous supporter. I will miss BSF but plan to stay involved by volunteering my time whenever I can at events and races.”

Diekmann is excited about her new role with Yellowstone Forever, where she’ll lead the nonprofit that supports the world’s first national park. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the former Yellowstone Park Foundation, a predecessor to Yellowstone Forever.

BSF is actively looking to hire a new Director of Development as soon as possible. Lisa will help with the search and transition process. While she’ll be greatly missed, Lisa leaves behind a strong foundation for BSF, and we look forward to continuing the great work she’s done to support this organization.


ABOUT BRIDGER SKI FOUNDATION

BSF’s mission is to promote athletic and personal excellence through educational, recreational, and competitive programs in Alpine, Nordic, Freeskiing and Freestyle skiing.  BSF also grooms over 70 kilometers of cross country ski trails in the Gallatin Valley and is one of the few ski clubs in the country that does not charge a mandatory trail use fee.  www.bridgerskifoundation.org