Leavenworth Summer Theater adds new board members

Connie Fritz (Photo submitted by Susan Hufman)

Rollie Schmitten (Photo submitted by Susan Hufman)


The Leavenworth Summer Theater Board of Directors recently welcomed two new board members, Rollie Schmitten and Connie Fritz.

Rollie has been a career natural resource manager; focusing on timber, fish and wildlife for the past four decades. He served as the Washington State Director of Fisheries and the National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Regional Director for six western states. Upon moving to Washington D.C., he became the National Director of Marine Fisheries and later the U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in NOAA. 

During his career he was appointed to positions by two Governors and four Presidents. His many awards and recognitions include a Presidential Merit Award, Trout Unlimited Washington State Sportsman of the year, and a Presidential award for outstanding achievement of a Vietnam veteran.

Schmitten has always wanted to give back to his community and has been elected seven times to position in city and county government as well as three terms in the Washington State Legislature.

In 2005 Rollie and his wife Barbara retired and moved back to their home at Sockeye Point on Lake Wenatchee. The Schmittens enjoy theater in Wenatchee as well as supporting Leavenworth Summer Theater.

Over the past two years he co-chaired the successful $460,000 fund raising effort to purchase the Old Peshastin Mill water front property for public use. He also has served as the Commission Chairman for Fire District 9 in Chelan County.

Connie is the Executive Vice President/Chief Retail Operations Officer for Cashmere Valley Bank where she started working in 1977. She was hired in anticipation of Cashmere Valley Bank opening its office in Leavenworth in the spring of 1978. She held various positions at the bank before joining the Administration in 1986.

Connie was born and raised in Leavenworth and graduated from Leavenworth High School. Married to Robert S. Fritz, she has three children (Rob Fritz, Amanda Cummins and Brandt Fritz), all living in the area with their spouses and children. She was very active in the activities of her children during their childhood, which included Football, Track, Tennis, Band, Dance and Leavenworth Summer Theater. 

Fritz previously served as Treasure of the Board of the Apple Valley Human Resource Association and as President of the Leavenworth Women’s Exchange. She is also a past Treasurer of the Board of Leavenworth Summer Theater and returns to the Board in the same position after a five year break. She is looking forward to serving again in support of Leavenworth Summer Theater.

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