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REC Council Officers

Don Wilson

Treasurer – 2009-present

Don is a Communicant & Spiritual Director at Corpus Christi Parish in Round Lake, NY. He converted from Dutch Reformed, (Protestant faith) to the Catholic faith in 1986 via the RCIA program. After a 39-year career in the Computer/Tech industry, he pursued and graduated with an M.A. in Theology/Pastoral Services from St. Bernard’s College of Theology & Ministry in 2015 – followed with an advanced certification in Spiritual Direction in 2017.

He has been a REC Retreat Counselor for over 11 years, serving at the Coxsackie, Greene, Hale Creek, Washington, and Great Meadow correctional facilities.

He has served as Asst. Director and Director of past Spiritual Retreats and also volunteers at the Saratoga County Jail in Ballston Spa, NY.

“It is always both a pleasure and a privilege to be bringing a new Resident or group of Residents, (inmates) to the threshold of establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Bringing our semi-annual retreat into the prisons has always been a very moving experience for not only the REC Counselor Staff but the Residents themselves.

Please consider this wonderful ministry.”

Anne Wasielewski

Secretary of the REC Council – 2018-present

Anne has been involved with prison ministry since 2013, and has served as a Director of a REC weekend.  Anne has received her Bachelor’s of Science from St. John’s University in New York City, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Pastoral Care at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany.

Anne is very involved in her parish, and is passionate about both her Catholic Christian faith and social justice.

Edie Mesick

Vice Chair – 2020-present

Edie converted to Catholicism when she was in 11th grade.  After college, her career was in public service at the county and State levels, and nonprofits, where she focused on public policy issues affecting persons with limited resources. She has been involved in REC since 2010 and has served in both the Coxsackie and Greene facilities.

“The opportunity to share faith with the men in State prisons through the Residents Encounter Christ ministry continues to be an extraordinary, rewarding experience.  As with most things when doing Christ’s work, because of the grace from the Holy Spirit, we volunteers often say that ‘we get even more than we give’ through the REC ministry.”

Gregory Stasik

Chair – 2020-Present (Greg is the one with the hat on).

Greg has been serving in the REC prison ministry since 2009.  He is a regular member of the Greene Team but has also served on team at both Washington and Great Meadow facilities. Greg is a retired Engineer and is very interested in volunteering and helping people recover from addictions. 

“God has never been more present to me than while serving in the prisons.”