When I was asked to join the board in 2006, my son had only recently been diagnosed, and I was uncertain of what my contribution would be. Nonetheless, I agreed, and the experience has been life changing. From the beginning I have always described my work on the board lovingly as "my heart work," - fueled by my love for my son and my desire to make a difference. However, looking back now (through teary eyes) I realize it was "heart work" because it was MY heart being filled - with friendships and connections to a community that has enriched my life and helped my family beyond measure.
As I step into my new role on the board as past-president, I am excited about the future! I am passing the leadership baton to very capable hearts and hands, those of our new co-presidents, Thairen Greene and John Barnes.
We are also saying goodbye to the one and only, Mary Ellen Curtis, who through the years has served as board member, co-president, and recently our very first administrative secretary doing just about everything! She has volunteered her time and talents in countless more ways for which we are grateful. For me personally, her quiet grace, dedication, and commitment has been a calming and reassuring presence. She will be missed by all of us (although she has promised not to go too far)! Thank you, Mary Ellen, for absolutely everything you have done for this organization and community!
I will forever be grateful for the time I have spent serving on this board, alongside the very best there is, and helping a community so dear and deserving. My heart is truly full.
Thank you all so much!
Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake