“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”   –Nelson Henderson

As the trees have bloomed around campus lately, I’ve been walking under their canopy and enjoying the floral aroma and shade that they provide.  I wonder who planted them- Sisters? Volunteers? Youth? I wonder if they knew how the little saplings would grow so tall and make our setting a true urban oasis. Did they know how their actions would provide a healing space for so many that came after them?

May 31 is Angela’s last day, and the CEO transition will be complete. There is no doubt that we will be the beneficiaries of her passion and dedication to our mission for years to come. She has planted many “trees” in her time here: new facilities, growing people, creating programs, and advocating for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. Vista Maria has been blessed to have her as a fearless leader, and I know you will join me in wishing her the best in the future adventures (and hopefully some relaxation) ahead.

One of the best compliments we can pay someone is to learn from them.  In honor of Angela’s service and the service of all before her, I’m looking forward to planting some trees with all of you.  Let’s get started- trees take a while to grow!