April 14, 2012

April 14, 2012
Staff Changes at Broward House

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and the weekend is finally here for most of us who do not have to work. I hope all of you survived Friday the 13th yesterday and are having a safe and great start to your weekend. It is going to be another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me doing events around the world.

Broward House, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization today announced some incredible happenings within the agency.

Kathleen Cannon, Broward House’s VP and COO has accepted the position of President and CEO of the United Way of Broward County. Kathleen has served Broward House admirably as our VP and Chief Operating Officer for the past ten years. The south Florida HIV community is very thankful for her many contributions to the agency and for the depth of her personal commitment to our success – so evident in everything she does. Kathleen is an amazing human being who also happens to be a gifted manager. I knew from the first day I met Kathleen that her talents would be called upon to tackle greater challenges. The United Way has presented that challenge and I believe Kathleen will rise up to meet it successfully, as she always does. Her talent, integrity and character will guide her always toward success. For me personally, it’s been a privilege to have Kathleen on my management team. Kathleen will remain a personal friend and colleague and she will always be a member of our HIV community.

Stepping into the VP role at Broward House will be long time Broward House employee Stacy Hyde. Stacy has demonstrated her commitment to the Broward House staff, clients and programs for the past nine years. She has served of Director of Case management, Director of Behavioral Health, Senior Director of Residential Programs and most recently in the position of Senior Director of Contracts & Performance Management. Stacy’s career in serving the Broward County community began after obtaining her masters in social work from Florida International University. She came to Broward House with experience directly serving the community as a case manager, therapist and program manager with at risk populations, including youth at risk for gang activity, adult substance abuse, families in foster care and those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Throughout Stacy’s career, she has actively participated in community networks striving to impact the continuum of care for those in need of support in our community. Her commitment to the HIV/AIDS community has been evident in her day to day efforts at Broward House, as well as participation in community events, such as the Florida AIDS Walk, World AIDS Day and The SMART Ride.

We congratulate both of these spectacular women on their accomplishments and look forward to the new stewardship of Ms. Hyde as well as a new found closer relationship with the United Way of Broward County under the direction of Ms. Cannon.

Congratulations Kathleen and I look forward to working with Ms. Hyde in upcoming events.

Hope all of you have a safe and great weekend!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab