All – as many of you know, this year was long planned to be my last term on the BYA Board. As the nominations are now in, and Ashli is running unopposed for the role of President, it makes sense for me to go ahead and step aside and let her take the helm now rather than waiting until August when the newly elected Board positions become effective. She has been doing an incredible job since I told the Board that I needed to step back to focus on my mom and family five months ago. So, effective today I’m resigning as BYA President, and Ashli will immediately assume responsibility as President going forward.
I want to thank all of you for your support. I’ve been a part of BYA for 16 years, on the Board for 10 years, President for 4 of them, and I can honestly say BYA has been a part of the best years of my life. When James stepped away as President, and the Board asked me to take on the role, I knew those were big shoes to fill. And while I could never surpass James’ accomplishments with BYA, I think we, as a Board, did a fine job together and I’m proud of the work we’ve done!
I’ve met incredible people, learned a lot, and worked harder than I ever thought possible as a volunteer; but I’ve also met some of the best friends I’ve ever had over the years. I leave the Board knowing that the work that Sam and I have done over these last 10 years, has made a positive impact on our youth, which is exactly what we set out to do.
I want to thank each and every one of you for being part of my journey. None of you get the credit you deserve, and I recognize the time you spend running BYA is never-ending. I know that your own families sacrifice for the work you do as a volunteer (I’ve been there!). As a member of the Board, I always tried to made decisions with a mindset of what I thought was best for BYA, for our youth, and out of fairness to all, and I know that each of you will continue to march forward in the same spirit. I will continue to support you from the sidelines, and I’ll always be your #1 advocate.
Paul – You have been a blessing to me! Thank you for partnering with me and encouraging me when I was tired, frustrated, and thought the effort was far too great to accomplish. Although the two of us love a great debate (which at times made the Board uncomfortable), and I got great joy on the rare occasion I was able to prove you wrong, I trusted every word of advice you gave and will always cherish our friendship. Thank you for supporting me through it all…you told me you would, and you did. I’ll always be grateful for that.
I love this organization, I will miss being a part of it (already do!), but BYA will always be a special part of me. Keep doing great work, it’s so important, and invaluable as we shape the lives of the little ones in our community.