By Joyce Kubik, President.
As we close out 2015, I am reflecting on a particular anniversary. Ten years ago on December 21st, 2005, the ACO held its first board meeting and appointed its first board members.
Among those founding board members was Sarah D. Wright. She was initially appointed Secretary, but very quickly transitioned to President where she served for four years and then as Immediate Past President for one. After a brief retirement, she served another year as Interim President and most recently took on the position of Editor, where she has served for the last two and a half years.
Sarah has been instrumental in developing our values, vision, and mission, our definitions of Professional ADHD Coaches and ADHD Coaching, our strategic plans, our infrastructure, our website and newsletter, and many other aspects of the ACO that we now take for granted. She also wrote ADHD Coaching Matters: The Definitive Guide, which was published by ACOBooks, the publishing arm of the ACO, and now serves unofficially as the historian for the organization and profession.
Ten years is a long time to volunteer at anything. And there comes a time where everyone—no matter how dedicated—makes the decision to move on. Sarah has made that decision and will resign from the Board of Directors of the ACO as of December 21, 2015. Happily, I was able to persuade her to join the ACO’s Professional Advisory Board, where I know she will continue to serve an important resource for all of us.
I haven’t the words to say how much Sarah has meant to me since I joined the Board in 2008. Her personal attention and selfless support for the good of this organization has helped make the ACO what it is today. She never made me feel that any of my (many) questions were unwelcome or unimportant and was eager to help guide each and every one of us.
Thank you Sarah for your dedication, time and energy you gave to the ACO and its members. You are truly a leader in this industry, and I know you will continue to be so.
In closing, I do want to wish all of you great holiday celebrations in this month of December. Enjoy the festivities, your family, and friends.
Until next time . . . .