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Born and raised in New Mexico, he relocated to the East Coast to attend the University of Rochester (NY). He started his career in non-profit administration while in Rochester, serving as a development officer with Neighborhood Housing Services, Hillside Children’s Center and Community Health Network. In 1992, he moved to NYC to work in fundraising and special event production.
In 2001, he founded Zia Artists, a management and booking agency for dance artists, which expanded in 2003 to include Gotham Arts Exchange, a non-profit arts organization that provided administrative, management, fundraising, insurance, booking and fiscal sponsorship services for individual dance artists and dance companies. Through Gotham Arts Exchange he began producing and launched a number of annual dance festivals at various venues across NYC and the US. In 2014, after the untimely death of his brother and his mother nine weeks later, he decided to move back west to be closer to family.
First settling back here in the state in the San Luis Valley, he eventually ended up in Boise working for the first time in the for-profit world. Three years later, he knew that he needed to be back in the non-profit world, working for an organization that would feed his soul. Work that actually made a difference in people’s lives.
As luck would have it, he soon found himself halfway around the world, in Israel, having dinner in a hotel restaurant in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, when a couple walked up, introduced themselves and sat down at the table. Their names were Duck and Vince White-Petteruti. The rest is history.
Family Engagement - Communications
Fran is a seasoned integrated marketing and communications creative with sixteen years of experience working in New England, the Midwest, and the Mountain West.
As a recovering journalist, media whisperer and influencer, she’s helped clients, including for-profit and mission-driven organizations in Missouri, and New England, with developing and executing marketing and communications strategies to successfully reach their target audience. A storyteller and community-builder, Fran is a problem solver who loves to connect with people.
Prior to relocating to Colorado, Fran lived in St. Louis for ten years where she provided communications, graphic design, event management, donor development, and community outreach to organizations such as: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Metro Theater, and Liguori Publications.
Fran’s journey from print and broadcast journalism to marketing and communications began in Connecticut with Telemundo, where she promoted network programming as well as developed strategic partnerships, secured sponsorships and supported major events, including the 2010 Latin Billboard Awards.
Fran received her Masters in Communications Management at Webster University in St. Louis, MO and holds her Bachelors in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.
Fran lives in Georgetown, CO with her husband and Great Dane. In her free time, she loves to go biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring new places and cultures.