Many of you have called the office and talked with Kathleen. Many of you have attended an epilepsy program where Kathleen presented. Many of you have received packets of information from Kathleen. Many of you have gathered at the office and discussed your child’s challenges and Kathleen was there for support. Many of you have read the newsletter that Kathleen edits. Many of you have attended a seminar that Kathleen has organized. Many of you have attended a professional advisory board meeting that Kathleen arranged. Many of you are nurses, medical interpreters, EMS personnel, police recruits, adult day care providers, childcare providers, school personnel, veterans, students and seniors.
Since January 4, 1985, I have counted on Kathleen to provide the up-to-date information and current statistics regarding epilepsy. Since January 4, 1985, I have counted on Kathleen to make sure our words to the public were grammatically correct and said exactly what we want them to say. Since January 4, 1985, I have counted on Kathleen to help me write grants and brainstorm ideas for improved service. Since January 4, 1985, I have counted on Kathleen to measure our program success. Since January 4, 1985, Kathleen has participated and presented at the national, state and local levels.
Now, on August 15, 2013, Kathleen will be retiring. She will be taking all her expertise, knowledge and experience with her. I am going to have to adjust. I am going to have to remember dates and names. I am going to do my own research and – oh my goodness – correct my own grammar! Can I get that professional advisory board organized? I will do my best. What about you? You better get your last question answered. If my Executive Review is flawed, send me an email correction. A new face will greet you at your next visit to a parent gathering.
I give my best to you, Kathleen. I am envious that you will have more time for grandchildren, husband and 98-year-old mother. Enjoy! Stop by with Michael’s cookies. Don’t forget our phone number. Remember my birthday is September 9.
Darla Templeton is the CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas