I am thankful to Meredith Sugar, who served as my first president of the AG Bell Board of Directors, shared her family's story so openly and faced with me every obstacle to achieving our mission.
I am thankful to Don Goldberg, who worked closely with me in the first months of my tenure as CEO and continues to help me gain a fuller understanding of how AG Bell changes lives.
I am thankful to Ted Meyer, who continues to amaze me with his willingness to do anything and everything to advance our organization in every sphere.
I am thankful to the others members of the AG Bell Board of Directors - Jonathan Berger, Bob Bush, Ivette Cejas, Howard Francis, Kevin Franck, Sara Grosvenor, Susan Lenihan, and Arlene Stredler Brown - and the AG Bell Academy Board - Ellen Estes, Teri Ouellette, Rollen Cooper, Sherri Fickenscher, Andrew Kendrick, Ulrika Lofkvist, Jane Madell, Lee Rech, Emma Rushbrooke, Ellen Thomas and Jenna Voss - for sharing with me their ideals and helping us to advance the mission every day.
I am thankful to Bruce Rosenfield, Karl White and Hearing First for the wonderful partnership that we've been able to create through our commitment to parallel missions.
I am thankful to Gayla Guignard, whose energy and spirit have helped us succeed in the most crucial of advocacy efforts as well as our 2016 Convention and upcoming Symposium.
I am thankful to Svante Borjesson, Percival Denham, and Anita Grover, who have been invaluable partners in our efforts to expand the reach of the AG Bell community and message beyond borders and beyond the limits of language
I am thankful to my friend, Paul Monarch, who came to the Volta Bureau for lunch one day and never left, proving himself invaluable in streamlining our operations and professionalizing our systems to better serve you.
And I am grateful every day for our staff - Robin Bailey, Shirley Chipana, Trenita Dickey, Nicholas Griffith, Lisa McBee-Granados, Daniel Ors, Ruth White, Gary Yates and Brenda Zimmerman.