Light on the Hill is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supervised by a Board of Directors.
Current Updates from the Light on the Hill Board
Transitions have the potential to be the most growth-filled and expansive moments in our lives, and the recent period of transition at Light on the Hill has experienced this expansion and growth. We are deeply grateful for the ways in which Mark and Micaela have devoted their love and attention to Light on the Hill these past couple of years. We expect to celebrate the amazing job they have done during this transition period and to thank them for their service. Stay tuned!
As part of our ongoing strategic plan, the Light on the Hill Board has begun the process of searching for a new Manager(s). We anticipate the new person(s) assuming the position will come on board early in the new year. We encourage you all to be part of this process, through your prayers and your thoughtful consideration of whether you or someone you know might be a good fit for the position. Please share this announcement and job description with anyone who might be interested.
Seeking Manager(s) for Light on the Hill
We are searching for a full-time Manager(s) for Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten, NY to begin early in 2020. Light on the Hill (LOH) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a supportive, empowering, and inspiring environment where individuals and groups can find space for reflection and engage in deep inner work.
We are seeking applicants with proven leadership abilities, who can manage and inspire staff, and who want to dedicate themselves to the Center’s mission. The position requires a wide variety of talents, so we would strongly consider hiring two compatible individuals to share the position, combining into one full-time position.
Ideal candidates will have attended spiritual or educational retreats themselves and have a deep respect for the importance of spiritual work. They will have done some psychological or inner work and be committed to ongoing spiritual development. They will also be willing to practice decision-making within the context of listening to inner guidance.
The Manager(s) will report to the Light on the Hill Board of Directors, and support Alice McDowell and Larry Muscat as they continue their roles as Spiritual Directors at Light on the Hill. Residence on the property is a required condition of the position, and the position does include onsite housing in addition to compensation and benefits. Click here to access a full job description. For additional information on the position, you may contact Board members Andrea Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave McCune at email@example.com (607-592-1445).
To apply, send a resumé (with references) and a cover letter describing what draws you to this position and how your background, experience, and vocational calling make you a good candidate. Send materials via email to Dave McCune, President, Light on the Hill Board, by November 8, 2019.
Mark and Micaela Karlsen have served as Light on the Hill’s Managing Directors since March, 2018.
Alice McDowell holds a PhD in theology from Fordham University and has taught religious studies at Ithaca College for 18 years. She has trained with energetic healers, humanistic and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi guides, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over 30 years. She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves.
Listen to an interview with Alice on the WRFI radio program, The Made of Clay Report, with Eric Clay, M.Div., Ph.D., host of the program and founder of Shared Journeys.
Lawrence Muscat is a student of the Mysteries, both ancient and modern. An ordained minister, he is a full time receptionist, cook and jack-of-all-trades at Light on the Hill.
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David A. McCune is a private practice physical therapist specializing in musculoskeletal pain with emphasis on spinal dysfunction. He integrates traditional medical philosophies with spiritual and psychosocial sensibilities to assist his patients in comprehensive healing. In addition to his clinical practice he is an educator, teaching at the University level as well as presenting widely both within the United States and internationally. Dave is a 2006 graduate of the Hidden Treasure program, and he has served on the LOH Board of Directors since 2008.
Peter Fortunato is a widely published and award winning poet as well as a performer, ceremony maker, visual artist, and university teacher. He is also a practitioner of complementary alternative medicine working in several mind/body modalities. Peter recently returned from Qatar in the Persian Gulf where he taught for four years in the Pre-Medical Program of Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also a founding board member of Light on the Hill.
Micaela Karlsen PhD, MSPH, is currently a Co-Managing Director with her husband, Mark Karlsen. Micaela is the author of A Plant-Based Life and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, Micaela created and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, an online library of original, peer-reviewed research studies relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as SustainableDiet.com, a resource center for supporting successful and permanent transitions to plant-based diets. She holds a PhD candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Micaela is a graduate of the 2007 Hidden Treasure class.
David Rutherford graduated from the Hidden Treasure program in 2012. He is the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cortland, and he lives in Ithaca with his two daughters.
Mike Koplinka-Loehr has directed several upstate NY non-profit organizations, served the Innu of Labrador, Canada for 2 years with his family, and held elected office in Tompkins for 15 years. He has life-long passions for developing the human potential, human services, community building, and social justice. He is a 2014 graduate of the Hidden Treasure program, and a member of the Sangha for Hidden Treasures graduates at Light on the Hill.
Andrea J. Mooney is a clinical professor at Cornell Law School, specializing in child advocacy and external placements. In addition, she represents children in family court at the trial and appellate levels. She also created and continues to present “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” training for Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. Andrea is a 2016 graduate of the Hidden Treasure Program.