I have to keep reminding myself that change can be a good thing. We all get somewhat comfortable with the way things are, even though quite possibly they could be better. We often are afraid to try something different and just remain in that comfortable spot. I, like many other baby boomers are exiting the comfort zone and looking at the next chapter of our lives. Some days that is exciting and some days, if I am honest, a little scary.

Over the past several years of my professional career, I have had the privilege of working with some exceptional people. Just because we are located in rural North Central Pennsylvania, does not mean that there are not some of the best and brightest working here. I believe we have recognized, as a group, that our ideas and our ability to articulate them were not limited because we are North of Interstate 80. The senior leadership team of the past 10 years of my tenure as President/CEO has been outstanding. They are an eclectic group with different skills and abilities but all are committed to Martha Lloyd. Gretchen, Anne, Michele, Kris and Todd have supported this organization and me so well that I would be remiss in not thanking them here. This senior leadership team has seen this organization through some very difficult times. It is also responsible for putting Martha Lloyd in the position we are in today, which is a financially strong provider of exceptional services to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.

The President/CEO of an organization is certainly seen as the face of that organization. However, as we all know the real work is done in the homes and programs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sure, there have been bumps in the road during my tenure here, but we were always able to find a solution and continue to move the agency forward. We were trying to make the organization better and I believe we have.

I am so please that Tom McDermott has been chosen as the next President/CEO of Martha Lloyd. I have had the privilege of working with Tom for almost a year now and could not be more impressed. He brings a wealth of Senior Leadership experience to the position. The most important thing that he brings is his sincere passion for our mission and the individuals we serve. Martha Lloyd is in good hands.

With only one more article to go, I have a few more to say thank you to and some final observations about this wonderful organization.

May Peace be with you!