Board Spotlight: Annie Klein
Board Secretary, serving on the Executive, Finance, Membership, and Wellness Committees
The purpose of this interview is to write an article spotlighting Members of our Board and their engagement with THEARI for our community.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from, where you live, family info (kids, pets, etc.).
- I am a Colorado native - I love it here and don’t plan on living anywhere else. My mom recently bought a house in California because suddenly she hates the cold, so when it gets too cold, I sneak away to visit her. I have a crazy dog named Echo, and a hairless cat named Roux. No kids yet, but I get to be the cool aunt for several of my friends’ kids and that is just how I like it.
If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Sri Lanka. My friend and I were in the process of planning a trip pre-pandemic… which of course had to be paused. I hope we are able to get back to planning that soon.
What is one item you cannot live without?
- Is it bad to say my phone? Honestly, I would be lost without it – psychologically and physically… How did people navigate from place to place before phones!? I also really like to stay connected to people close to me – and that is so easy with a cell phone.
What is your favorite hobby?
- I can only pick 1 favorite?! I love reading, and since that is something you can do anywhere and anytime I would pick that as my favorite. I really like to Kayak too – that would be a seasonal second.
Can you tell us about where you work, how long you’ve been working there, what your position is, and a little bit about what you do?
- I am the Communications and Program Outreach Manager at Peer Assistance Services (PAS), Inc. PAS is a non-profit cooperation leading with prevention and intervention for substance use and mental health concerns. I’ve actually been here for 11 years – which is wild to think about. I started out as the receptionist shortly after high school, I loved the work and the populations we served so I’ve stuck around in a few different positions. My day to day work involves communicating with our partners around the state, professional organizations, hospitals and health care systems, etc. I oversee agency communication – newsletters, websites, ads, etc.
Why did you join the THEARI BOD?
- The mission and goals of THEARI tightly align with those of PAS. Both organizations are invested in our healthcare workforce. This is the first Board I have been on – and I am SO happy that I did.
How long have you been a member of the THEARI BOD?
- Just over a year and a half. I think my interview for the board happened in the first few weeks of remote work. I am jealous when I hear about get togethers that used to happen in person – I can’t wait until we can do more of that!
Tell us about your roles professionally.
- My adult life has really been mostly at PAS. I said earlier, I started as the receptionist, then I moved into a position working with our Peer Health Assistance Programs for a few years. I transitioned again to manage two statewide prevention programs – one focused on working adults, and the other focused on Parents and Caregivers. Once those ended – I was fortunate to snag my current position doing outreach for the whole agency.
What is one of your favorite THEARI stories you like to tell?
- You know, I think my favorite thing about THEARI is how hard everyone works. The board, the staff – everyone works together and brings their own background and experiences to the table. It’s a whole collaborative effort. And I think it’s awesome.
What is your proudest accomplishment as part of the THEARI BOD?
- I feel very proud of being a part of this Board – more importantly, proud of THEARI in general. The last 18 months have been challenging for everyone. THEARI has handled it incredibly well.
What are your top three goals for THEARI in the coming year?
- First would be to continue the great work THEARI is already doing. Second, expand our reach – I think there are so many opportunities for us to grow. My final (semi-selfish) goal would be to spend more time with this whole group – possibly in person?