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 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.
Valerie Moberg, Foothills Event Center Manager
Valerie enjoys meeting with clients and helping turn their special event dreams into a reality! She especially enjoys the opportunity to work with local Nevada County businesses and government agencies in planning corporate events and meetings.
Heather Featherston, Event Center Manager
Heather oversees the day-to-day operations at The Foothills. She enjoys meeting with brides and gathering the details to ensure their wedding day is perfect! “Every wedding and reception at The Foothills is beautiful,” she says. “I love seeing wedding parties enjoy the amazing space we have created here!”
Jorge Rosas, Venue Facilities Manager
Jorge is in charge of keeping the facility running. This includes everything from tending the grounds to office maintenance. Jorge shares “the people here are great, the air is fresh and each day brings a new and exciting challenge.”
Joan Oas, Venue Assistant
Joan assists at our venue in many ways! You may first meet her on the phone when you call, or when dropping things off for an event. She is always eager to help and is the person our whole team goes to when they need help with the proper way to do something. She helps manage our rentals, linens, dishes, flatware, and more!
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 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!
Daemon Rennert, Venue Maintenance Assistant
Daemon helps set up our audio and visual systems, ensuring that each event has sound, lights, video, and more, exactly to your specifications!