During its regular Board of Directors meeting today, CHANGE, Inc. Board of Directors held a special recognition event for outgoing Board President and Vice President Kenneth Hoefer and Eileen Churchill. Both Mr. Hoefer and Mrs. Churchill were recognized for their many years of service on the Board of Directors for CHANGE, Inc.
CHANGE gathers its strength from the energy and support that it receives from people like Mr. Hoefer and Mrs. Churchill who volunteer their time and efforts for the improvement of the agency and the individuals it serves and their families.
“After 5 years as President, I’m ready to pass the gavel…I am thankful for all of your support and I considered it a privilege to give a hand in moving the organization forward to improve the environment for our individuals”, stated Ken Hoefer. Eileen Churchill shared her thoughts in a quote, “Every day that you volunteer, is a vote for a better world.”
At the same Board meeting Mr. Keith Peterson and Mrs. Elizabeth Galaida were welcomed into office as the new Board President and Vice President. Incoming Board President, Keith Peterson shared, “We hope to reach and continue the standards that were set. We appreciate your service and will strive to continue the progress you started”. Mr. Frank Valenti, Director of DSS and Kathy Rus, Attorney will continue as Officers in the roles of Finance Chair and Secretary.
Board Member Dr. Mark Wagner shared words of gratitude. “I feel like you all are all I’ve ever known as Leadership since I joined the Board. You have offered guidance, mentorship and patience. As a parent you think you know it all. But, I did not know what was needed to run an organization.” Dr. Wagner went on to share his personal gratitude about Mr. Hoefer, “You serve. You provided stability. You offered a steady hand and a calm demeanor in how you moved the organization forward.” Dr. Wagner went on to share words of gratitude for Mrs. Churchill, “You volunteer for everything! You lead with grace. Your intelligence and commitment to everything you do is contagious. I only hope I was able to catch a little bit of your virus.”
CHANGE, Inc. partners with and supports individuals with disabilities to achieve community integration and independence through personal choices.
CHANGE, Inc. was founded in 1954 as a Children's Program by a group of parents who realized a program was needed to care for the needs of their children with developmental disabilities. Carroll Haven Center was incorporated in 1969 and increased their services to include adults as well as children. In 1992 CHANGE Inc. adopted its new name and what first started as a small program to address only a few children in Carroll County has now grown to servicing five counties and nearly 200 individuals.