Dear TwispWorks Friends,
I never would have imagined that after joining the TwispWorks board in 2015, I would become the organization’s executive director just eight months later. It has been a true pleasure to serve this community for the last six years, and today I share the bittersweet news that I will be retiring in October.
At the outset of my time with TwispWorks, I outlined three important commitments to the organization: 1) completing the buildout of leasable space, 2) creating an equitable business plan that would ensure the stability of the campus facility, and 3) securing the deed to the property.
I am pleased to share that all three of these goals and many more have been met. Today, the campus’s leasable space is fully occupied. A sound business plan is in place, and programs are available to every business in the Methow Valley. In 2019, TwispWorks’ 10th anniversary year, we secured the deed to the campus. Then board president Ray Johnston and I celebrated in high-balloon-fashion!
I often say, “We will always get farther, faster, together,” and today I credit the incredibly flexible, hard-working and dynamic staff, board, partners, and volunteers for making these achievements possible. Thank YOU for being a part of these amazing transformations.
For now, it’s back to work! But even in October, I will not be going far. The Methow is my home, and I look forward to continuing my volunteer work with the Twisp Chamber of Commerce and to helping develop local housing solutions. Of course, hiking, biking, gardening, skiing, and traveling are at the top of my “to-do whenever list.” I will look forward to seeing more of you and our wonderful community in my retirement.
From The TwispWorks Board
The TwispWorks board of directors is grateful to Don for his exceptional commitment to this organization. We are happy he will be enjoying a well-deserved retirement, but he will be missed!
TwispWorks would not be the organization it is today without Don’s collaborative spirt and keen leadership. One hallmark of his service has been an unwavering willingness to partner with individuals and organizations to make their visions a reality. Whether inspiring TwispWorks’ many supporters; working with local educators to build opportunities for students of all ages; or championing sustainable economic development programs like the Methow Investment Network, Don leveraged partnerships to create win-win outcomes for the Methow community.
Current Board Chair Perri Howard affirms, “Don has helped build the organization into a problem-solving entity for all residents and businesses in the Methow Valley. TwispWorks would not be the organization is it today without Don’s collaborative spirt and keen leadership.”
Maggie Coon who, with her husband Mark Wolf-Armstrong led the earliest stages of TwispWorks, adds, “I deeply appreciate the personal touch which, I have to say, has been the watchword of [Don’s] time with TwispWorks. I believe it’s one of the most important reasons for the ongoing success of the enterprise.”
Founding Board Chair Ray Johnston has frequently noted that TwispWorks has been able to attract just the right person at the right time for the needs of the organization. To help find that next, right person, we have created a Hiring Task Force. The executive director position will be broadly advertised in early May with plans to hire before Don’s departure. If you or anyone you know is ready for this exciting opportunity, please contact Perri Howard Though Don’s perseverance, flexibility, and fun-loving nature will be hard to replace, we look forward to meeting TwispWorks’ next leader.