When I arrived in Western and Central New York in June of 2003, I came with anticipation and eagerness to develop a new foundation and to engage with people across the region who, hopefully, would welcome this new foundation and me as partners in improving the health and health care of the most vulnerable residents in our communities.
Those hopes have not only been met, but exceeded in my more than 13 years here as part of the community. You have all been incredibly generous with your time and your willingness to try new things and overall, have been the best colleagues and allies I could ever want. The Health Foundation is thriving, our partners are better prepared for the future and the people we care about are seeing measurable gains in both health and quality of life.
Even in the best of times, it’s important to look to the future and plan for the long term. The confluence of a strong and committed Board of Trustees, a solid long-term strategic plan, a highly skilled and competent staff and the changing external environment has propelled me to look at my own future.
So, effective December 31st of this year, I will be retiring from the Health Foundation. Our Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee and will be announcing a search firm and timeline this spring. Please watch for that information, which will be shared with you through our website and by email.
I plan to continue to live in Buffalo and hope to keep serving the Central and Western New York communities in different ways. I intend to carry my anticipation and eagerness to contribute into whatever adventures await and look forward to working with all of you in the coming years.