Dear SRSLY Manchester Members,
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I will be leaving the position of Coalition Director. I have accepted a position working for a health foundation in Wasilla, Alaska. My last day will be September 15, 2017.
This was a very difficult decision. It has been a true honor working in Manchester and being part of this community. I will miss Manchester, its unique character and beauty. I am grateful to have spent 4 years working with amazing caring adults and youth to prevent substance abuse. To my youth members, its incredibly challenging for me to find the words to express how truly special you are. On my roughest days, you could make me smile, breathe, laugh, and swell with pride. I will be leaving a piece of my heart in Manchester with each of you.
Thank you for sharing Manchester with me and coming on this often bumpy ride they call prevention.
Though I may be leaving that DOES NOT mean SRSLY Manchester is coming to an end. SRSLY Manchester will continue with added reassurance with our new partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital. The hospital already hosts the other 3 SRSLY regional coalitions and will be officially adding SRSLY Manchester to the team! To make the transition easier Katie Fendt has accepted the position of SRSLY Manchester Transition Coordinator and will be working with me to make sure the transition goes smoothly. She is going to pick up the reigns and get us all through the next months as we look for a new director. Katie has already met many of the youth and helped out at events towards the end of last school year. We will also have added support from Reiley Curran the SRSLY Regional Coalition Manager and the other regional SRSLY Coalition Directors and Coordinators in Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. And again, thank you for your services and a memorable four years.
SRSLY Regional Manager
Director of Community Health Improvement
SRSLY Manchester Transition Coordinator