Beattie will be an integral part of the new team moving forward. She comes in during an important period of transition with an opportunity to help the rink maintain and grow its importance to our area, both economically and socially.
"Ness will be a great help getting through all of the unseen administrative tasks that have to get done and planning for the 2014-15 ice season. She has already proved herself useful jumping in on short notice," commented Stephen Murphy, the interim executive director who will step down as soon as a General Manager is hired.
Beattie, a lifelong resident of Manchester, brings her organizational skills honed over the past 10 years to Riley Rink at a critical time.
"The rink has to be run with the goal of being operationally break-even. The changes seen over the past several months are all part of that. Vanessa will be able to help implement new systems at the rink to make it more efficient and easier for the customers to access the rink."
Beattie is active in the community on several fronts volunteering for the Dorset Playhouse, Home Away from Home Childcare Center, and has coached hockey at Riley Rink.
Riley Rink has posted two job descriptions on its website. The rink also welcomes constructive comments and suggestions as well as offers of volunteer help with programs, gardening, marketing, and many areas.