I am so pleased to be rejoining the TLC Family as the new CEO. As you hopefully know, this is not my first time at TLC. I was originally hired in 2011 to be the Director of Development and Public Relations under the leadership of Mary Freeman. The biggest part of my role at the time was to tell our story and to help people become invested in our mission. I spent the next four years sharing with you and others in our community the incredible work that’s done each and every day to empower individuals of all abilities to live their fullest life.
Starting a new role during a global pandemic has been a bit of a whirlwind. There are so many of you with whom I cannot wait to reconnect, but these are interesting times in which we live, and we must continue to be safe and vigilant. Reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 to our clients and staff is my top priority right now and will be until we get to the other side of this pandemic.
Recently, TLC has experienced a limited number of positive tests for COVID-19. As of this date, the cases are limited and clients and staff that have been affected by the virus have been quarantined and have remained healthy as they continue to be monitored. In response to the increase in positive cases across the state, we are taking the necessary steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and maintain a safe workplace that protects the health of our employees, clients, visitors, and others.
We are encouraged by the news of a vaccine and are working closely with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine timelines and availability of the vaccine for TLC clients and staff in the coming weeks.
I’m also pleased to share that Kimberly (Kim) Williams has been promoted to President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) as of Monday, November 30. Kim has been at TLC for nearly three years and over the course of time her role and duties have continued to expand. This organizational change will allow a streamlining of day-to-day operations.
Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire TLC staff, I want to send a BIG thank you to Mike Krannitz for his leadership as Interim President & CEO for the past 7 months. His steadfast commitment to this organization is truly unmatched. We wish you a very Happy Retirement, Mike!
I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, I’m so honored to lead this amazing organization into its next 50 years. I know that when we work together as a family and a community, we can make big change happen.
All my best,