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Greenbank Farm hires new manager

The Greenbank Farm board of directors announced the hiring of a new farm manager at a special meeting Monday.

Effective immediately, Cheryl Sagmeister will replace former farm director Laura Blankenship, who resigned in April.

Board president Tom Baenan also welcomed Langley barber and community activist Paul Samuelson as a special consultant to the board with a four-month contract.

"I'm excited to meet everyone," Sagmeister told Greenbank tenants and staff.

"And I'm grateful to be a part of the moving-ahead process, working collaboratively with all of you. It's clear to me how much the board, community and volunteers love this place and I'm happy to be involved. My dog loves it here, too," she added with a laugh.

A resident of Freeland, Sagmeister has experience as a manager and consultant for such large-scale events as Seattle's Bumbershoot and Northwest Folklife and was operations manager for ArtSource, Inc, a technical/graphics placement firm.

Samuelson has a long history of community involvement, having served on the South Whidbey School Board and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts' board of directors.

Baenan noted that Sagmeister and the staff will now have the time to develop new ideas for Greenbank's continued success, including scheduling more events and getting more volunteers involved.

"The Port of Coupeville has stepped forward to help maintain the buildings and property to assure the protection of their investment," Baenan said. "This will give Cheryl and Paul a chance to help us create a positive vision for the future."

Jeff VanDerford can be reached at 221-5300 or e-mail jvanderford@southwhidbeyrecord.com.

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