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If we listen, if we watch, we learn from nature that all things change. And change is good. Change leads to growth.
My dear friends at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, I have announced my retirement as Executive Director, effective June 30, 2020. I have served as director for eight years and have loved every minute. The growth we've shared here, the successes we've experienced together, and the dreams we continue to envision, have made this place more relevant, more powerful, and more fun than we've ever imagined. This is our reality – an Arboretum, a public garden and environmental education center that leads the way in serving the broadest community, that recognizes the importance of social justice as reflected in our programming and our inclusivity.
In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first. Thank you all for feeding my dreams and allowing me and the extraordinary Arboretum team to realize the possibilities. To my board and colleagues, please know that my career choices have allowed me the power of vision, knowledge, access and the platform to serve others. But first, the opportunity had to be there – thank you for the gift of opportunity.
I've learned, from some very dear friends, that I'm not retiring, I'm re-wiring. What and how that plays out will be part of my new and exciting journey. But when you're free to move, anything is possible.
Last and certainly not least, I'm happy to announce that my successor will be our own award-winning Director of Education, Jackie Kondel. With your support, I know that she will count on your shared past, your shared history and your shared love of nature to bring Reeves-Reed Arboretum to new and wonderful heights.
With my deepest appreciation,