THEARI, like many organizations, has had a year of uncertainty and substantial change. We are grateful to have been supported through this time by a Board of Directors who believe in our mission and trusts our vision.
This month we are shining the spotlight on a director whose time on the Board is ending this month, Lynne Jones. Lynne is the Executive Director of the Colorado Commission on Family Medicine, a collaborative of the family medicine residency physician training programs. They provide training, recruitment of medical students, exposure to rural medical practice and advocacy at the state and federal levels for primary care. She started her healthcare career at the local Easter Seals affiliate in Colorado Springs and has worked in both the public and private sectors in healthcare administration roles throughout her career.
Lynne is a Colorado transplant from upstate New York (Buffalo and Syracuse) and northeastern Pennsylvania. She moved to Colorado Springs in the mid 1980’s where they raised two children. They now have two dogs, which, as you know if you are a dog lover, is like having a second round of children. Her favorite hobbies are baking and sending packages to kids, nieces and nephews, and others while they are in college and beyond. She also loves to read and be outside gardening and hiking. Her daughter went to college in Oregon, and as a result she also has an interest in wine tasting.
When asked why she joined the THEARI Board, she said “… because I am passionate about pipeline development, career pathways, and engaging students and others in healthcare career options. THEARI does this well!”
As her service on our Board ends, we asked if she could reflect on her proudest accomplishment as part of the THEARI Board of Directors. She said, “I have appreciated all that everyone on the Board brings to the THEARI mission. I was honored to serve as Treasurer during my time on the Board. Maybe not as part of my Board duties, but one of the activities I most enjoyed was assisting in mock interviews with pre-apprenticeship students, so much fun!“ Additionally, Lynne hopes to continue to be engaged with the Health Careers Pre-Apprenticeship program and workforce efforts of THEARI even after she leaves the Board.
Lastly, we wanted to know what her top three goals for THEARI are, “As I consider THEARI’s future, my goals include financial sustainability, exposure, and connection with potential partners and funders.” She says she is happy to be available on a “task” basis if she can be of help in any way.