Don Linnertz takes over for Amy Stork
Don Linnertz will be the new executive director of TwispWorks, the organization’s board of directors announced this week.
Linnertz will replace Amy Stork, who recently resigned after four years in the job to join a Portland-based consulting firm.
TwispWorks, a nonprofit center for creative enterprise that houses more than 30 business and educational programs in several buildings, is now overseen by a private foundation that took over operation of the campus in 2014. It came in to existence as the Twisp Public Development Authority in 2008.
The campus, site of the former U.S. Forest Service Twisp Ranger Station, became known as TwispWorks in 2010. Stork was its second executive director.
Linnertz takes over effective Oct. 19. His background includes more than 20 years of executive management, planning, administration and development experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Linnertz formerly worked for Adobe Systems Inc. overseeing global partner operations, Holland America Line leading sales and marketing efforts, and The Market Foundation’s Pike Market Child Care Center where he was development director. He also served as board chair for Bread for the Journey, a community-based micro-granting organization with more than 25 national chapters.
Linnertz has served on the TwispWorks Foundation board of directors. He currently is on the board of directors for Methow Recycles.
“We are very pleased to announce Don’s appointment to executive director of TwispWorks,” said Ray Johnston, board president of the TwispWorks Foundation, in a press release. “TwispWorks has emerged as an important part of the cultural and economic vitality of the Methow Valley,” Johnston said. “With the exceptional work of our staff and past leadership, TwispWorks is ready to move forward in its mission helping businesses and youth achieve more through programs in education, agriculture, technology, art and culture.”
“The Methow Valley is truly a unique and special place to live and work,” Linnertz said in the release. “I look forward to serving our community and helping strengthen and build partnerships that support economic development for the region. I am honored to work with such a dedicated staff, board and broad group of supporters and know that together we will achieve truly great things for the community we care so deeply about.”
In addition to providing space for a variety of tenants, TwispWorks often hosts community events on its campus. In 2013, TwispWorks launched Methow Made, a collaborative marketing program to help producers of Methow Valley products reach new customers.