Sandeen leaving Prairie Loft for Crane Trust

Amy Sandeen will be leaving her position as executive director of Prairie Loft.
Amy Sandeen will be leaving her position as executive director of Prairie Loft.(Prairie Loft)
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 12:17 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Prairie Loft Executive Director Amy Sandeen is stepping away from the nonprofit and moving onto a new role with the Crane Trust.

The Board of Directors made the announcement of her departure, which will be effective December 16.

Board co-chairs Jan Herbek and Sarah Hoops said it’s with a mix of sadness and gratitude that they announce her leaving.

“While we will miss her unparalleled leadership, we are thrilled that she will remain in the community and we wish her all the best in her new endeavor,” they said.

She will be taking on the role of Outreach and Special Events Manager with the Crane Trust.

They said Prairie Loft has been enriched by Sandeen’s fifteen years of leadership, vision, and creativity.

The Board of Directors admires her for her dedicated service and unwavering passion for Prairie Loft’s mission. Since programs began in 2007, Prairie Loft has been able to offer shared outdoor activities for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Under Amy’s leadership, with a talented team of dedicated, mission-driven staff and volunteers, Prairie Loft has:

  • Provided shared outdoor experiences for more than 92,000 visitors
  • Stewarded strong financial support from donors in Adams County and across the U.S.
  • Transformed an abandoned farm site into a community hub for farm-based learning
  • Trained and employed more than 30 seasonal, part-time, and full-time team members
  • Grown from 8.3 acres to 73 acres for education, production, recreation, and land stewardship
  • Invested over 2.7 million dollars on programs and facilities to serve the community
  • Partnered with local and regional organizations to serve people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Provided resources and inspiration to families, schools, businesses and individuals
  • Offered creatively modified outdoor education programs throughout the pandemic
  • Connected food producers and consumers to foster greater agricultural appreciation
  • Established a sustainable program that will continue to enrich lives for generations to come

The co-chairs said they are proud of Prairie Loft’s progress, and they share Amy’s enthusiasm for Prairie Loft’s important role in the worldwide movement to affirm that outdoor experiences are fundamental to our humanity.

“We are committed to continued exceptional programs that promote agricultural appreciation, outdoor education, cultural connections, and the wise use of natural resources,” they said.

The Prairie Loft board and staff are working to ensure that the organization will continue to thrive under new leadership, building a more active, aware, and appreciative society. Over the next several months, the board will be conducting a thorough search to find Prairie Loft’s next Executive Director. An interim director will provide seamless leadership during this period.