COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – On February 24, 2021, the WPRA Board of Directors accepted President/CEO Doreen Wintermute’s request to end her tenure on March 31, 2021. Wintermute’s current President/CEO contract was due to expire on May 31, 2021. As a result of this early departure, Vice President Heidi Schmidt will take over Wintermute’s duties until a new President takes office on May 27 through the current special election being conducted by the Association.
Wintermute first joined the WPRA Board of Directors in 2011 as the Southeastern Circuit Director and ran unopposed for WPRA President in 2016. At the request of the WPRA Board in 2018, she took on the role as WPRA CEO. The Board felt this was a needed transition at the time to handle the ongoing issues and challenges facing an ever growing Association that services over 3,000 members. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the industry everyone had to tighten their belts and Wintermute informed the Board of Directors that she would not be taking her contracted salary for a total of three months as a result. Now with her early departure, she will forgo the remainder of her salary returning that budgeted amount back to the Association.
“I would like to thank Doreen for her decade worth of service to an association that I know is near and very dear to her heart and soul,” said Schmidt. “The WPRA creates a passion in anyone who has the privilege to serve and Doreen’s commitment to the WPRA is the epitome of that passion. For that I thank her.”
During Wintermute’s tenure, she was able to accomplish many things for the Association including securing a six year agreement, the first of its kind, to ensure that the WPRA remains as the ONLY governing body for women in professional rodeo, WPRA members being recognized in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, seeing the introduction of women’s breakaway roping at PRCA ProRodeo’s and membership surpassing 3,000 members. She leaves the Association on solid ground.
To read Wintermute’s full statement along with her accomplishments during her time on the WPRA Board of Director’s visit: http://wpra.com/pdfs/Doreen_Wintermute_Retirement_letter.pdf