Vicki Willman joined the Theater Festival’s professional staff in January 2016 following over two decades of progressively responsible fundraising positions in the performing arts, public radio and television, eldercare, and higher education. Prior to joining CATF, she served for eleven years as Director of Development with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) based in Hagerstown, MD. Through working with management, board leadership, and volunteers, during her tenure the MSO professionalized its development program and successfully met or exceeded annual contributed budget goals to secure in excess of $8.1 million in support of the orchestra’s concerts, educational programs, events, and community outreach initiatives.
Vicki was first drawn to the development profession through volunteering with a community orchestra and public radio station while simultaneously working alongside her father in the operation of a commission agency for Greyhound Bus Lines in Bismarck, ND. Following her father’s retirement, she joined the development staff of Prairie Public Broadcasting as a Corporate Support Associate. Vicki’s rebuilding of the radio network’s sponsorship base led to successive positions with Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI, and Maryland Public Television (MPT) in Owings Mills, MD.
Prior to joining MPT, she briefly held other development positions in her native North Dakota with The Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation and at her alma mater, the University of Mary, where she earned her BS in Music Education. Vicki has served as a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council, performs regularly as a timpanist with the Frederick (MD) Symphony Orchestra, and following a 3-year term as the congregation’s senior warden she currently chairs the finance committee and assists in stewardship activities at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Boonsboro, MD.