Employees end service with the church upon closing of the Brethren Service Center upper campus




The Zigler Hospitality Center closed on April 30, 2017, with the closing of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.
Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford

The Zigler Hospitality Center closed on April 30, 2017, with the closing of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.

With the closing of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., 10 employees of the Church of the Brethren end their work with the denomination. A few more will do so in coming weeks.

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These employees, along with some long-term volunteers, were recognized at an all-campus luncheon at the Brethren Service Center on Friday April 28, with many fellow employees and family members present.

With the closing of the upper campus and Zigler Hospitality Center, May 5 marks the end of service for the following two employees:

-- Mary Ann Grossnickle began as manager of the Zigler Hospitality Center on Jan. 20, 2015. She had served as interim coordinator of hospitality since Oct. 20, 2014. She oversaw continued expansion of services up to the time the facility closed. She managed the hospitality and kitchen team, and kept the Zigler Hospitality Center close to a break-even budget. In previous work at the Brethren Service Center, she held a variety of positions with SERRV International from 2006 to 2014, most recently as Volunteer Services coordinator.

-- Connie Bohn has been program assistant for Zigler Hospitality Center since June 29, 2015. Previously, from 1999 to 2012, she served as secretary at the New Windsor Conference Center, which was the predecessor to the Zigler Hospitality Center and also was located on the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center. She worked as administrative support assistant at the Heifer International Mid-Atlantic Office from 1988 to 1998, when it was located at the Brethren Service Center.

Eight employees who worked in the kitchen at the Zigler Hospitality Center ended their employment on April 30:

-- Janet Comings, the head cook, had been employed at the Brethren Service Center since 1982. She had worked for both the New Windsor Conference Center and the Zigler Hospitality Center. She began as head cook on Jan. 2, 2013, after Walter Trail Jr. concluded his service as managing chef. She led a team of assistants and volunteer kitchen aides in providing dining services for guests of the center and for groups who volunteered on campus.

-- Fay Reese, a cook, had worked at the Brethren Service Center since 2000, serving at both the New Windsor Conference Center and Zigler Hospitality Center.

-- Charlotte Willis, a cook, had worked at the Brethren Service Center since 2003, serving at both the New Windsor Conference Center and Zigler Hospitality Center.

-- Elena Cutsail, a kitchen assistant, had been employed at the Brethren Service Center since 2007, serving at the New Windsor Conference Center and at Zigler Hospitality Center.

-- John Frisby, a kitchen assistant, was employed at the Zigler Hospitality Center since 2014.

-- Helen Eyler, a kitchen assistant, worked at the Zigler Hospitality Center since 2015.

-- Katherine (Kathi) Blizzard, a kitchen assistant, worked at the Zigler Hospitality Center since 2016.

-- Robyn Jackson, a kitchen assistant, was employed at the Zigler Hospitality Center since 2016.

Two long-term kitchen volunteers also have ended their service: Maria Capusan and Mathea Iglich.

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