Her favorite memory of serving on the board was seeing the amazing change in the dilapidated house that we are currently in on N. Pope Street. Sharon found the transition “from pulling vines off the siding of the house and seeing the potential to actually hosting the open house and seeing the staff work in the house” to be incredible.
Some of her other favorite memories have included the volunteer appreciation picnics and being around the staff at Children First. Sharon said, “The staff at Children First are awesome. Their work is not just a job, it is also their calling.”
Sharon hopes that in the future there is more public awareness about the organization itself and the good work being done to provide safe homes for children and more successful parenting for families in our community.
One of Tom’s favorite memories of serving on the board was when the board went through a period of re-thinking and enlarging the organization’s mission, which eventually lead to a change in its name from Athens-Oconee CASA to Children First, Inc. A more recent favorite memory of his was leading the search committee that found our current new director.
Not only has the organization itself changed profoundly while Tom has served on the board, but the positions he has held have also varied. He has served as the chair of the board development committee, the vice chair of the board, the chair of the board, and most recently, the chair of the executive search committee.
As far as the future of the organization goes, Tom hopes that the board will grow in commitment to the organization and that more of its members will take opportunities for leadership.