4.29.24 Leadership Changes – Message from Willow Bend

Dear Willow Bend  Members, Partners, And Community Members,


I hope this message finds you well. Today, we have significant news to share regarding a transition in our leadership team.

After nearly a decade of dedicated service as our Executive Director, Moran Henn has chosen to step down from her position to pursue a new business venture.

Moran has been instrumental in guiding Willow Bend through numerous achievements and milestones, and we are immensely grateful for her tireless commitment to our mission. Under Moran’s leadership, Willow Bend has flourished, expanding its reach and impact in the community. Her passion, dedication, and visionary leadership have left an indelible mark on our organization, and we are deeply grateful for her invaluable contributions over the years.

While we will miss Moran’s leadership and presence, we are excited to see her embark on this new chapter of her journey. Moran’s message to the community can be found here, where she shares her reflections on her time at Willow Bend.

As we bid farewell to Moran, we want to express our deepest gratitude for her exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication to our mission. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors and look forward to seeing her continued success.

In light of Moran’s decision, we have formed a transition committee, to ensure a smooth transition. Willow Bend is committed to maintaining continuity and excellence in our programs and operations during this period of change.

As part of our transition plan, we are pleased to announce that Melissa Eckstrom, our current Program and Operations Director, will step into the role of Interim Executive Director after Moran’s departure in late June. Melissa’s deep understanding of Willow Bend’s mission and operations, coupled with her leadership skills, make her an excellent choice for this interim role. A search for an ED will begin towards the end of the year and a celebration party prior to Moran’s departure will be announced in the next few weeks. We will be posting updates on our website, social media and newsletter. So, stay tuned.

We recognize the significance of transparent communication throughout this transition phase. Your continued support and dedication to Willow Bend Environmental Education Center are deeply valued. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@willowbendcenter.org or call our office at (928) 779-1745.

Warm regards,

The Transition Team

Benny Aja – CNRCD Chair

Tabi Bolton – CNRCD/Willow Bend Liaison

Jana Steling – Board President

Andi Rogers – Board Vice President