A Letter of Gratitude and Good Wishes
Recently, I made the announcement that after 35 years as President and CEO of South Shore Mental Health (SSMH), I will retire in 2017. This was not an easy decision for me. I have always loved my job, and I appreciate how fortunate I’ve been to work with so many dedicated staff and committed board members who share a passion for SSMH and the communities we serve.
It seems like yesterday that I was assigned to South Shore Mental Health in 1971 as Area Youth and Drug Coordinator for the Department of Mental Health (DMH). Later, as DMH Area Director, I developed the successful application to the National Institute of Mental Health that established our organization as a comprehensive community health center, operating many of the programs that continue to this day.
When the SSMH Board of Directors offered me the position of CEO 1982, I was excited to take on the challenge of transitioning the agency from an outpatient clinic serving three communities to a regional provider of choice for children, teens, and adults living with mental health conditions. Building upon the success of our early childhood program, we steadily expanded our commitment to mental health treatment and services, and today, we serve more than 16,000 clients annually from Boston to Cape Cod.
As I reflect upon the myriad ways that South Shore Mental Health has built hope and changed lives for so many during my time here, I am thankful for all of the devoted people whose contributions have enabled our important work. With the commitment of friends, donors, and other generous supporters, we continue to reach a growing number of children, teens, and adults, and for that, I will always be grateful.
I look forward to ensuring a successful transition in leadership in the coming months and assisting the next CEO in assuming the responsibilities of this outstanding service organization.
Until then, I wish you a happy and healthy 2017!
South Shore Mental Health