Spring is in the air and- as the buds on the trees and bulbs peeping out from the soil suggest- change is a’ comin! Likewise, our Support Program Services Team has been going through its own season of changes.

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Trish with CHN Executive Director Wanda Diak

The beginning of 2018 was bittersweet, as we bid farewell to our beloved colleagues, Trish and Kim, who were with CHN for 10 and 8 years respectively. Trish is now working cuddling her baby granddaughter and taking long walks along the Jersey shore- as she practices for warmer beach-walking in sunny Florida. Kim will be taking some time to travel and celebrate her silver wedding anniversary before moving to her forever home on the North Carolina coast. This is all to say, although these goodbyes were hard, they are happy ones with exciting adventures ahead for both.

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Kim Creo

We wish Trish and Kim the very best and so gratefully appreciate the contributions they made to the organization. In name of the thousands of cancer survivors, volunteers, and family members they supported and cared for with such compassion and finesse throughout the years- thank you!!

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With their departure has flowed new, vibrant energy to our organization. You may have already had the pleasure of meeting Erin and Rita by phone or email, but if you have not, you very soon will (and we’re sure you will be delighted)! These two new colleagues could not be better suited for this position and come with incredible knowledge, experience, and heart. They have transitioned into their roles seamlessly and look forward to working with and getting to know each of you!

If you’d like to meet them, please join us for a “Meet and Greet” next Tuesday, April 17, 12:30pm-1pm Eastern. Contact Cynthia Gutierrez Bernstein (cgbernstein@cancerhopenetwork.org | 908.879.4039) for more details.

Please allow us to introduce you to your new CHN team members:

Erin Snyder:

Erin Snyder

Erin is a dedicated social services professional with a well-rounded background in a variety of youth and family-focused arenas, most recently as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. As part of her role, she supported and trained the agency’s volunteer base and provided crisis intervention to clients on the agency hotline.

Erin in a nutshell: What I’d like people to say: warm, loving, positive, committed and stylish 😉
What people probably say: loud, bleeding heart and forgetful
Favorite place on Earth: on a lake, any lake
Can typically be found: with my nose in a book with a snack in hand
Passionate about: women’s rights/ feminism
Guilty pleasure: shoes
Favorite quote: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Rita Rivard:

Rita Rivard

Rita is a compassionate Registered Nurse that comes to us with a 30 plus year background in oncology and cardiology as well as non-profit management. Within non-profit, she has experience in a variety of roles including: outreach, education, community collaboration, and grant management.

Rita in a nutshell: caring, passionate, friendly and loud
Favorite place on Earth: by the ocean or lake
Can typically be found: with my family or friends
Passionate about: Helping others
Guilty pleasure: Food! Homemade baked goods!
Favorite quote: “Surviving is Important ~ Thriving is Elegant” Maya Angelou

Reposted from Within Reach, our CHN volunteer blog. Thinking about becoming a volunteer? Learn more HERE