Fort Ticonderoga – a national leader in historic sites, museums, and education – announces the hiring of three new team members, bringing a variety of fresh and experienced talent to the growing staff in areas of finance, guest services, and development.
Over the past decade, Fort Ticonderoga has methodically implemented a strategic commitment to transform the visitor experience for more than 75,000 annual visitors, increase access and awareness of its significant museum collection, and expand educational reach across the nation and beyond.
“As we prepare for the next decade and to meet the increased need in all areas of operation, Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to welcome these new team members who bring passion, experience, and talent to our museum,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President, and CEO. “They join their colleagues in a strong commitment to serving Fort Ticonderoga’s mission of preservation and education at an exceptionally important time as Fort Ticonderoga reaches for audacious institutional goals coinciding with the national 250th commemoration of the American War for independence.”
Colleen Richards, recently named Fort Ticonderoga Director of Finance, has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit finance and accounting, most recently serving as the Director of Accounting for the Diocese of Springfield Massachusetts. “Colleen’s expertise and invaluable knowledge in business, organizational strategy, and financial operations make her an important addition to our leadership team,” said Hill.
Nicholas Fitzgerald is a longtime member of the Fort Ticonderoga team, having served many roles over the years including a fifer in the Fife and Drum Corps, a museum exhibitions guide, a member in the Collections Department, and an associate in the Museum’s Welcome Center. “Through these multi-faceted roles, Nick has gained a dynamic understanding of our complex operations and a depth of knowledge which will serve him well in his new position as Guest Service and Retail Manager.” Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2021.
Colleen Henty comes to Fort Ticonderoga as the Director of Development after an extensive career on the west coast, working in all avenues of production for the corporate and nonprofit events industry. She is an experienced communicator, project planner, and relationship builder with over 25 years of involvement in curated and custom-crafted audience experiences, event management, and strategic campaigns. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Archaeology from UC San Diego, and a recently completed Professional Fundraising Certificate from Boston University. “Colleen’s new position at Fort Ticonderoga gives her the opportunity to share her passion for the arts, history, and the preservation of our natural and historic landscape. We are thrilled to have her talent and leadership as part of our growing development program as we expand our organizational resources and educational impact,” said Hill.
More than 30 full-time year-round employees and approximately 80 part-time, project, or seasonal employees serve on Fort Ticonderoga’s staff. In 2016, Fort Ticonderoga’s annual economic impact was estimated at $12 million, and by 2030, it is conservatively estimated to contribute $77 million to the regional economy with planned capital and operational additions.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
One of America’s most remarkable historic sites, Fort Ticonderoga has welcomed guests for more than 110 years to its dramatic 2,000-acre scenic landscape and museum in upstate New York. Set amidst the majestic beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga tells signature stories of America’s founding including America’s first victory of the Revolution. The site’s layered legacy offers a multifaceted experience highlighting centuries of American history and preservation. In addition to the fort itself, a well-preserved battlefield, and numerous historic structures, Fort Ticonderoga’s Museum collection is considered one of the largest and most significant for early American history and militaria. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Institutionally, Fort Ticonderoga reaches all 50 states, and more than 500 affiliate school K-12 programs and 104 universities worldwide. Fort Ticonderoga is a national leader in innovative storytelling, research, education, and delivery of the guest experience. To access Fort Ticonderoga’s Electronic Press Kit, visit our website.
Fort Ticonderoga is supported, in part, through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts.