Who We Are

Our team of event professionals all live here in our wonderful community and have a personal interest in ensuring every event is memorable. As a women-owned business, we are proud to provide a venue that encourages diversity and welcomes all people to come together.

Call or contact us today to learn how our team can help you create a memorable event at The Foothills. You can also use our chat on the bottom right of each page during business hours to get instant information.

Mardie Caldwell, Founder and Owner of The Foothills Events Center

Mardie Caldwell, Founder and Owner of The Foothills Events Center, head of our team

Mardie has been a successful and inspiring entrepreneur since 1981. The Foothills Event Center was created out of Mardie’s desire to enrich the community and provide a place to come together for celebrating, learning, sharing, and enjoying our rich Gold Country heritage. Rooted in her love of Nevada County, Mardie’s strong vision and desire to serve the community yielded the opportunity to revitalize the former Weaver property into a gathering place that we all can enjoy.

Her innovation and commitment to environmental responsibility contribute positively to our community and surroundings. With The Foothills Events Center, Mardie is creating the best experience for our clients and their guests, creating memories for generations.

Mardie is a true visionary, having founded a number of successful businesses over the course of her career. She also serves as President of the Lifetime Adoption Foundation, a 510(c)(3) charity. She was awarded “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” in 2014 by the Small Business Administration and is a member of the P.E.O Sisterhood, whose mission is women helping women reach for the stars.


Megan Swinney, Foothills Event Center Manager

Megan Swinney, Foothills Event Center Manager of Our Team

Megan works with clients and ensures the events that they are planning come out fabulous! She shares, “I love giving tours to clients at The Foothills as well as the Rough & Ready Vineyards. I enjoy working with people and seeing all the pieces of an event come together. People’s creativity is just marvelous!”


Gordon Gust, Venue Maintenance Assistant

Gordon Gust, Venue Maintenance Assistant

Gordon assists in maintaining our beautiful Foothills venue, both inside and out. His job involves setting up for special events with a strong focus on the client’s needs and style. He ensures that our venue space is successfully transformed to suit each client’s individual desires. Gordon is always ready to offer you a hand and a smile.


Cory Pavan, AV Coordinator

Cory Pavan

Cory helps our clients identify their specific audio/visual needs and creates a plan that accommodates them. He is also available to be an onsite A/V technician and coordinator during events if necessary, which can be very valuable when arrangements include live streaming.

From simple systems that require just a microphone and speakers, to more complex set-ups, Cory, along with our entire staff, can help create the custom plan you need!