DHPE bids farewell to three long-term staffers this summer.
Ann Thacher is
doing very well in ovarian cancer treatment at Rhode Island and Boston
treatment centers near her home. She has resigned on permanent disability and
is exploring volunteer opportunities for her retirement. Ann served DHPE as a
member before becoming a staff person in 2009. Ann has two young grandchildren
in Washington, so we hope to see her around when she comes to visit. Ann has
been strengthened on this journey by the love and support of friends and
family, including many of you.
encourages all to stay in touch.
Sara Bowie, our
longest serving employee, has left employment to devote herself full-time to
her twin girls and her family. Sara was behind the award-winning school
employee wellness program and has served in school health since she started
with DHPE in 2000.
internship and fellowship program manager, is also leaving for family
obligations. Mariela has been with DHPE since 2002 and was the first full-time
manager for the program. She served as program director under the previous CDC
cooperative agreement and has worked on a variety of projects including
interviewing local Hispanic and African American workers for a worksite
In any organization, you have to expect that sooner or later someone is
going to leave. But it is always hard to say goodbye. We wish them well and
also hope they will stay in touch with us at DHPE.