I want to let you all know that I have decided to retire from my position as Executive Director. I will be on the job until January 10, 2018. As many of you know, I have been in this position from the start of Orion’s glorious rise from Sunburst Family Services in April of 2001. I started with Sunburst in 1989 and joined a staff of two therapists and a secretary. Over the 26 years I have been associated with this organization, I have ridden the wild non-profit roller coaster through lots of ups and downs. I have relished seeing the expansion of the organization and railed against the obstacles and hurdles often put in front of us by bureaucracies and regulations that are mostly blind to the needs of our clients and to the challenges of our staff. I have appreciated seeing Orion become a stable organization and lost sleep when it started to tilt from time to time. I enjoyed helping create new ways to assist the people we serve and gain new business for the agency but got headaches from dealing with malfunctioning computers or a clogged fuel injector on an agency vehicle.
Most of all, I have admired the work of so many of those who have worked for Orion and what they have accomplished. The dedication to our mission of working with children and their families, putting in hours at all times of the day and night, responding to immediate calls for help and persevering despite (or maybe because) of the challenges we face as a non-profit, private organization. The work for me has always boiled down to the people who I have worked with and the sense of community and partnership.