Kelly Ducote named Executive Director

Kelly Ducote has been named Executive Director of the Liberty Theatre Foundation, the nonprofit working to restore the historic downtown La Grande theater.

Ducote began work in her position Jan. 25. She holds a degree in journalism and political science from Louisiana Tech University and previously was the assistant editor at The Observer newspaper in La Grande.

“We are delighted to have Kelly as our Executive Director,” said Liberty Theatre Foundation Board Co-chair Michael Jaeger. “She brings a sophisticated skill set and excellent experience that will serve the Liberty Foundation well.”

Ducote’s focus will be on grants, gifts, and contracts as well as public relations.

“She will keep the board and volunteers on task so that we can meet our goals to open the theater,” Jaeger said.

Board member Brent Smith said Ducote is an intelligent and capable writer who understands the vision for the theater as “La Grande’s living room and the hub for arts performance in Eastern Oregon.”

Ducote said her first priority is to get the organization back up to speed as the nonprofit was without an executive director for several months.

“I look forward to the challenge ahead and to the day we can open the Liberty back up for our community,” Ducote said. “There is much work to be done, but I am confident that with the help of our community partners and generous grantors and donors this is a dream that will soon become reality.”