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Werner Janssen, Construction Manager & Site Development Werner Janssen, Construction Manager & Site DevelopmentWerner Janssen joined Sleeping Lady in 1993 to work with Harriet Bullitt and Reed Carlson as a member of the development and construction team.During the initial construction of Sleeping Lady facility in 1994 and 1995, he assisted in establishing a construction-recycling program to significantly reduce construction waste.The program at Sleeping Lady was one of the earlier construction-recycling programs established in the Northwest. Following construction, he continued to work with Sleeping Lady Inc. as General Manger to establish the organization and operational procedures.Since 1995, he has covered the positions of General Manager as well as Project Manger for continued development including the music facility used by Icicle Creek Music Center.He continues to provide leadership in innovative ideas and concepts to implement environmental considerations and energy efficient concepts in the operation of Sleeping Lady. Prior to Sleeping lady, he was for 21 years, the General manager for Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center located above Lake Chelan.By education, an aeronautical engineer with a degree from Purdue University and graduate work at the University of Washington, he spent the first four years of his career with the Boeing Company. Mr. Janssen has established "applied application" models for educational and operational opportunities including aqua culture projects, solar heating, composting, vermiculture, recycling, energy conservation and developed a concept to produce ethanol fuel involving Jerusalem Artichokes grown on mine tailings as part of a mine tailings rehabilitation program.While at Boeing he co-authored a technical article, "A Study of Shock Impingements of Boundary Layers at Mach 16", published in the proceeding of the 1962 Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics Institute. His civic activities have included board memberships with the Mission Ridge Public Development Authority, Icicle Creek Music Center, Cascade School Board, Washington State School Directors Association, North Central Washington Museum, Cascade Education Foundation, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and Lay Pastor of Faith Lutheran church in Leavenworth.
After a warm welcome by People For Puget Sound's Executive Director, Kathy Fletcher, this group enjoyed talks by leaders in industry best practices; Trevor Kostanich, Planning Manager from the Summit at Snoqualmie, Werner Janssen, General Manager of the Sleeping Lady Resort, Michael Bennett, President of Mosquito Fleet Charters, and Randall Peterson, Chief of Environmental Programs for Holland America Line.
Perhaps Werner Janssen, long-time Business Manager for Holden, said it best: "There are some people that you wish God could allow to live for several lifetimes to encourage us, teach us and be an example for us.
Werner Janssen, now of Leavenworth, holds the record for living in the village longer than anyone else.
Starting at age 24, he served as first general manager and registrar from 1963-1983. "The impractical venture of constituting an abandoned mining community in the remote North Cascades was accomplished by concentrating on the dream rather than allowing logic to destroy this possibility," he says. The merchants in Chelan and Wenatchee were especially helpful in the early years, allowing delayed payment for food and fuel when the village struggled with cash-flow, Janssen recalls. Power transmission lines up Lake Chelan to the mining village had been removed. A used hydroelectric generator was located and installed. After it started producing power, Janssen told a Seattle contractor about the project. "The contractor said, 'You couldn't do that,' and I said, "we didn't know that, so we did it." During those intense decades of Vietnam War protests and civil rights demonstrations, Holden Village was "not an escape," remembers Janssen.
Werner Janssen7375 Icicle RdLeavenworth, WA 98826Phone: (509)548-6344 / (800)574-2123FAX: (509)548-6312
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