Hello from the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. It is a beautiful spring day with the sun teasing us, as it was 20 degrees this morning at my house.

As many of you may know, I plan to retire in September of 2019. In an effort to create a smooth and orderly transition, the Board of Directors and the Administrative team have created a new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). We conducted a search over the past four (4) months, to fill this new position with the potential for this successful candidate to become the President/CEO upon my retirement. We received many applications of qualified candidates from across the United States. On March 28, we held the final interview with the successful candidate and I am pleased to announce that Thomas J. McDermott accepted the position. Tom will report to work on Monday, April 30 and will attend the Board meeting on May 4, as well as the Board appreciation dinner that evening.

Tom is currently the Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention, and Drug and Alcohol Administrator for Centre County, PA. (For those of you who may not know, this includes State College, PA, the home of Penn State University). Tom has an excellent set of skills, bringing with him a fresh perspective to carry forward this wonderful organization.

I would like to thank the Executive Committee of the Board as well as the senior leadership team here at Martha Lloyd. Everyone put in a great deal of time and effort throughout this process. This is such an important hire and we believe that Tom is the right person at the right time.

Leadership transition in most organizations can be a scary time, particularly when bringing in someone new to the organization. We are very fortunate to be able to go through a thoughtful orientation and assimilate Tom into the culture and fabric of Martha Lloyd.

We celebrate our ‘90th’ anniversary this year and reflect back on where the organization started and where we are at today. With over 350 employees, Martha Lloyd is not only a provider of excellent services and supports to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, but also an economic engine in Bradford and Tioga Counties. Although reflection on the past gives us perspective, we must continue to look forward and I believe we have found the person to help make it a very bright future indeed. We reflect on the past, live in the present and plan for the future; I am not sure who said this but it still applies.

Yours in Peace!