Becky Kendall Gordon has been named director of development at the Springer Opera House.
Gordon, currently senior vice president of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, is in charge of community and member services. Under her leadership, she is responsible for such programs as Leadership Columbus, Youth Leadership, Inter-City Leadership Conference, the annual golf tournament, volunteer relations, community development and membership recruitment and fundraising.
As a child, she was often on the Springer stage, often with her brother, Billy Kendall. Their late mother, Margaret Kendall, was president of the Springer Children's Theater board and often made costumes at the theater.
"I can't wait," Gordon said. "I tell people I'm going home" about her new job.
She graduated from Florida State University in 1976, majoring in theater and dance. She moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional actor.
She returned to Columbus 25 years ago and worked in the healthcare industry before moving to the Chamber 10 years ago.
Gordon, 59, replaces Cameron Bean, who recently took a position as development director for the San Jose (Calif.) Repertory Theatre.
"He's going to be hard to replace, so I'm not going to attempt that," she said.
Gordon leaves the Chamber next Wednesday, and will go to the beach to relax before starting work at the Springer on Oct. 7.
"I'm extremely excited," she said. "I'm nervous, but I'm more excited than nervous. I'm looking forward to working with Paul (Pierce) and Ron (Anderson) and everyone at the Springer."
She said she may even audition for roles after a 40-something absence from the Springer stage.