Laurelville’s ministry hinges on the dedicated service of our staff members. After another busy and successful summer, we say good-bye to some and look ahead to welcoming new faces this fall.
Angela Dietzel resigned from her position as Program Director at Laurelville after over six years of dedicated service. Angela brought deep commitment to Laurelville, a passion for offering outstanding Christ-like hospitality to our program participants, and creativity in thoughtfully preparing the program experience to ensure a meaningful experience for all. During her time at Laurelville, we celebrated a revitalized Summer Camp program that saw a dramatic increase in program attendance. She has also been an active volunteer in the community, contributing to the ministry of Scottdale Mennonite Church as worship leader, moderator, and in community outreach. Her attention to detail, her heart for this place, her willing spirit to help, and much more will be missed. Angela will be continuing in her role for a few months in order to complete the year’s programs, to begin preparation for the next year, and to provide helpful space and time for a smooth transition.
Dave Dupuis has been hired to be our Program Director beginning in January 2015. Dave has a masters degree in social work with extensive experience in the clinical setting, including private practice and personnel and family care with the US Department of Defense in Washington, DC. Dave also worked as Clinical Director in California at Kings View Counseling Services. Currently Dave works as a Management Program Analyst. Dave and his wife Joby are Laurelville Association members living in Alexandria VA. Joby is enjoying retirement from the California State judicial system where she formerly worked as an attorney. Dave will relocate in January and Joby will join in May after she finishes her ESL Teaching commitment and attends to the sale of their house. Dave and Joby were very involved in Mennonite Community Church in Fresno before moving to the DC area, and now they are active in the Mennonite group meeting as Community House Church in DC.
Alvin and Ruth Ann Yoder joined the Laurelville staff in May as long-term volunteers. This spring, Alvin retired as pastor of Pigeon River Mennonite Church in Pigeon, Michigan. After completing the renovation of Metzler cabin this summer, the Yoders have made their home there. They continue to lend their skills to Laurelville’s ministry, including working in facilities and grounds, guest services and the office. Alvin and Ruth Ann are the parents of Michael Yoder, Executive Director, and they enjoy being able to spend time close to their family.
Angie Savanick will be joining the staff in mid-October. Angie’s full-time work will be split between Program Host and a newly created position in sales. Angie and her husband Ben are Laurelville Association members, living nearby in Scottdale. A registered nurse by training, Angie was most recently manager of a MedExpress in Greensburg, Pa. She is a graduate of Hesston College and serves in Scottdale Mennonite Church as an elder and a regular worship leader.