Throughout its history, Easton Mountain has been a place of continual change, growing from the ground up into a thriving spiritual community that serves thousands each year. As we approach our 17th anniversary event this Memorial Day, our community faces another period of change.
Wil Fisher has announced his decision to step down from his role as Executive Director to pursue new professional opportunities. During his tenure, Wil has made a tremendous impact, expanding our mission-driven work with LGBTQ youth and spearheading efforts to ensure Easton’s diversity and accessibility. We are grateful for his leadership, energy, and passion these last few years. We would also like to honor Ed Marchi after 6 years of board service to Easton, most recently as our esteemed board president. Under his leadership, Easton Mountain has continued to grow and we look forward to his continued presence in our community.
With so much change in the air, we now look to Easton’s future and how we can build on the successes of the past few years. We recognize the need for some structural changes in staffing and leadership to make Easton run more efficiently and better serve our guests and community members. Therefore, we have put in place an exciting plan for Easton’s management, relying on the strengths and skills of our new Management Team.
Under John Stasio’s direction, the day-to-day operations of the retreat center will be taken over by Miguel Villalobos in his new capacity as General Manager. Miguel has been a resident at Easton for over two years, successfully managing the Front Desk. In this new role, Miguel will be tapping into his background in the hospitality and food service industries to ensure a smooth transition and continue to improve the guest experience. He says, “I feel truly blessed and honored for the opportunity that John Stasio has given me to step into the role of General Manager. Easton Mountain's capacity for growth and change moves me every day to work for this community's highest potential. I want to continue to be witness to the positive impact we have in our community."
Additionally, Daniel Butterworth, our newest resident, will be expanding on his role as Development Director to include other aspects of organizational management, including finances, strategy, mission-driven programming, and external partnerships. A native of New York’s Capital Region, Daniel brings a background in nonprofit administration and strong connections to the Albany and New York communities. “Easton Mountain is a special place and I am excited to have the opportunity to be of service. This new role presents some unique challenges and I look forward to working with Miguel, our staff and volunteers, and our extended community to ensure Easton’s continued growth and success.”
The new Management Team also includes some familiar faces – Harry Faddis (Programming), Freddy Freeman (Marketing), Mike Hands (Sales/Membership), and Sunfire (Blogger/Archivist), with strategic assistance from Sine. We are excited about the diverse talents of this team and are looking forward to Easton Mountain’s next chapter as a retreat center, community, and sanctuary. We are confident that together we can carry on the traditions that have made Easton the place we know and love. And we hope that these changes will allow us to better tap into the resources of our entire community to lead us into the future.
Many thanks for your support!