Access Fund Executive Director Set to Depart

The Access Fund announces today that Steve Matous, Access Fund Executive Director since 2002, will depart his post at the end of June.
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The Access Fund announces today that Steve Matous, Access Fund Executive Director since 2002, will depart his post at the end of June.

Matous comments, “I would like to thank our supporters, volunteers, partners, staff and board for support of our mission and work as I announce my departure from the Access Fund team. It has been a great pleasure to serve the climbing community and give back to a sport and way of life that has meant so much to me since I began climbing in 1971. I will always be a part of the Access Fund as I continue to climb and support this great organization.”

He continues, “My next summit is on the sharp end of a new start up business. This kind of opportunity does not come along very often and as an entrepreneur, I relish the challenge ahead.”

Dan Nordstrom, President of the Access Fund Board of Directors adds, “We are sorry to see Steve leave but we are excited for him in his new endeavor. The Access Fund has accomplished great things under his leadership and is healthier than it has ever been—Steve and the staff that he's assembled has brought the Access Fund to a new level. Now, we're looking for the person who can keep that momentum and continue to grow the organization.”

A search committee has been assembled and a job description will be posted on the Access Fund website this week. Those interested, please visit www.accessfund.org/staff/employ.php for more information.

Deanne Buck, current Access Fund Programs Director, has been named Interim Executive Director and will assume responsibilities July 1st. She can be reached at deanne@accessfund.org.

The Access Fund Staff and Board wish Steve the best and thank him for five great years of service and friendship.

About the Access Fund
Since 1991, the Access Fund has been the only national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in ALL forms of climbing; Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: public policy, stewardship & conservation (including grants), grassroots activism, climber education, and land acquisition. For more information visit www.accessfund.org or www.boulderproject.org.

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