Our Executive Director is Susan Divine. Susan has been our ED since 2012.
My husband, Jim, and our three young children began attending the Festival in 1987. Our kids and now grandchildren come every year and wouldn’t miss it for anything, well, maybe an impending delivery of twins might have kept them away! I started my induction to traditional music in the late 70’s when I attended the Wheatland Music Festival and then lived in Lexington, Kentucky for a couple years. It has been with me ever since. When I retired from Pathways Community Mental Health in 2012, I aspired to find something to do that I love. When the ED job was made known to me at that time, I immediately knew that this is where I belonged in my early retirement. My heart and soul are with the Co-op. I love the people, the music, the mission, the events and the work. I feel fortunate to have a role in preserving the heritage of traditional music, to play along at jam sessions, to be able to listen to countless hours of live music, and to meet and house the impressive roster of talented musicians.
I attended my first Festival in 1993 as a teenager. Smitten from the start, I have been a regular attendee ever since. In 2012, I was elected to the Board of Directors and served 2 terms until 2018. I served as Secretary of the Board during those years. Since 2015, I have been a Festival Monitor for the Thursday night early entry team, helping with the Bypass and Campsite Lottery and checking campers in on Thursday. I am currently employed at the Hiawatha office with responsibilities to Membership, Merchandise and general office tasks. I also am the new bartender at the Tie One On Party that raises funds for the Children’s Area.