The School of Piano Technology for the Blind in Vancouver has named Cheri Martin as its new executive director.
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, Martin will be responsible for oversight of all management, fiscal, fundraising, planning and educational activities of the School. She will provide leadership to ensure the school has the necessary financial resources to successfully fulfill its mission of preparing blind and visually impaired students from all over the world the skills to engage in successful careers as piano technicians.
“Finding the individual with the unique set of skills, experience, and interest in our mission is a challenge given the unique nature of our program,” said Kim Capeloto, board chair. “Cheri has the perfect balance of the qualities we were seeking and anyone who has had the good fortune to work with Cheri knows that she will bring the kind of passion and determination necessary to enrich the School’s legacy. We are tremendously excited about having Cheri as our new executive director.”
Martin has served as executive director of the Parks Foundation of Clark County, director of Alumni Relations and the Penguin Athletic Club for the Clark College Foundation, and community education director for the Ridgefield School District.
A graduate of Leadership Clark County, she has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with its Rising Star Award and by the Nonprofit Network of SW Washington with its Nonprofit Excellence in Impact Award.
“I am so pleased and excited about the opportunity to serve the school as its new executive director,” said Martin. “Although it has been an important part of our community since its founding in 1949, and has served students around the world as the only school of its kind, I don’t believe the community is completely familiar with its importance or value. I am committed to raising the school’s visibility and recognition as an asset for which we should be very proud. More importantly, working with its students will enable me to be a part of an educational program that truly changes lives.”