Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Sharlene Lade

Today was Sharlene's last day with us, and we are very sorry to see her go. But we're grateful for her time with us and for all the things she accomplished during her tenure -- projects that will have lasting impact.

I'm referring to the Standards for Excellence manual revision, the creation of our Employee Handbook and Policies & Procedures Manual. These are just of few of the tasks she undertook, but they will help us for years to come.

As you might be able to tell, Sharlene was heavily involved in human resource-type capacities, but also with special events like the annual banquet, Summit, and Golf Classic. As Director of Operations for a time, Shar oversaw the office and financial matters, including grant requests. She was also deeply interested in seeing pregnancy care centers thrive and reach their full potential, and, in her more recent position, would spend time consulting with directors.

I know I'm forgetting other things that she did. Before leaving, she handed me a sheaf of papers that outline some of what she'd been working on that will need our ongoing attention. It's a bit overwhelming to consider life at Life Matters without her!

Sharlene will be nearly impossible to replace -- not only for all that she did for the ministry, but also for her friendship and laughter. She certainly added significant intangibles to this workplace -- passion for Christ and the sanctity of human life, depth of biblical wisdom, true Christian character. We will greatly miss her, and wish her all the best as she goes.

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