We are delighted to announce that Jennie Isbell and Newell Pledger-Shinn will be Friends-in-Residence at Woolman Hill for the coming year.
This is an experimental year for the Friend-in-Residence position, at the end of which staff and board members will assess the role and its implementation, with the hope that it will become an on-going part of Woolman Hill’s staff structure.
Jennie will hold primary responsibility for the position: providing a grounding presence for staff, guests and the organization as a whole; interpreting and modeling the values and practices of Friends for Woolman Hill guests; caring for midweek worship; supporting staff logistically and spiritually; hosting rental groups and programs as needed; and engaging in other projects and tasks that will contribute to the daily operations and overall well-being of Woolman Hill. Newell will continue a full-time job off-campus and will support Jennie with Woolman Hill tasks when he can.
Jennie and Newell will join current Woolman Hill staff: Margaret Cooley, Executive Director; Steve Howes, Conference Center Coordinator; Will Stark, Maintenance Manager; and Becca Howe, Housekeeping. Moving to the hill in mid-October, they will begin their role as Friends-in-Residence by November 1. They will live in the downstairs apartment of the Brown House (where Traprock Peace Center used to have its office). Steve Howes and his partner, Jensey Graham, continue to live in the upstairs apartment of the Brown House.
We are excited to welcome Jennie and Newell to Woolman Hill!
(Read more about Jennie and Newell here.)