So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Adieu

December 8, 2011

By Monette Goodrich, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

It may be corny and schmaltzy, but I admit that I am a big “Sound of Music” fan.  I watch it every year and sing my heart out while my entire family (feline included) covers their ears.  Why am I telling you this?  I think the words of this song sum up the main message of this blog post: So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, adieu.  After nearly ten years at the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health), I will be resigning effective Dec. 22, 2011.

Several life-changing experiences – as well approaching my mid-40s — have pushed me to reflect upon the past, present and future.  Like many of you, I have focused most of my attention on my career, building a portfolio of skills and professional experience.  After a year of thoughtful contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that I need to focus more on myself and my family.

Leaving an intellectually stimulating position, in a dynamic, mission-driven organization, is bittersweet.  I am grateful for all of the many wonderful opportunities President & CEO Patricia Baker has afforded me over the years.  Naturally, I will miss working with my talented colleagues and dedicated board and community advisory committee members.

While I am proud to have contributed to the foundation’s accomplishments, working with all of you — CT Health’s grantees and partners – has been especially gratifying and fulfilling.

To say that all of you have served as an inspiration to me and my work is a vast understatement.  During those times when progress is frustratingly slow, I think of your steadfast devotion to your clients and constituents, and trudge forward knowing together we will impact the lives of those in our society who are forgotten or invisible.  I’d like to thank everyone for the many valuable lessons I have learned during my time at CT Health – Iessons that I will cherish and take with me for decades to come.

While I will step down as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs later this month, I will be consulting on a part-time capacity beginning in January of 2012 until the foundation is fully staffed.  So, if you have a public policy-related question or concern, it’s best to contact Patricia Baker at, 860.724.1580, ext. 17, and if you have a communications-related issue, please contact Senior Communications Officer Maryland Grier at, 860.724.1580, ext. 21.

Aside from more time with my family (pictured above during a summer trip to Acadia National Park in Maine), I’m not exactly sure what the future holds for me (for the first time in my life, I don’t have a 10-point action plan).  I encourage you to keep in touch via my home email address monette g at comcast dot net.

Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season!

18 Responses to So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Adieu

  1. Carol Pollack says:

    I have had the pleasure and honor of working with you for the last ten years here at CTHealth. I have seen you build the public affairs and communications’ functions, always with an objective of moving the foundation’s mission and emulating the elements of our brand promise to the State of CT. I will miss her vision, skills and counsel but also the humor and warmth you bring to us. May your future bring you great joy!

  2. Monette says:

    I appreciate your heartfelt sentiments and thank you for all of your guidance and friendship.

  3. Moetee – I know you do everything to the max. Whatever you choose and wherever this new chapter takes you, I’m sure you’ll do it with your full heart and soul. Stay in touch. The Foundation will miss you, but your good work will continue.

    • Monette says:

      Andrea — thanks so much for posting a comment! And, yes, I’m willingly jumping into an expanded “mommy” role with both feet! Wishing you and your family a health and happy holiday season!

  4. Jen McClure says:

    Monette –

    I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know you and work with you a bit and I wish you all the best! Enjoy!

  5. Janet says:

    It’s been great working with you in the trenches of health care policy and reform all these many years. I value you as a colleague and friend, and will miss you. Don’t be a stranger, Sending you wishes for bright and joyous seasons today and always.

  6. Susan Lewis says:

    Hi Monette – Andrea told me you are leaving CT Health so I wanted to add my greetings as you head off to the next adventure in your life — that’s a free and richly nourishing place to be (I have discovered since doing the same)! I send you the very best.
    Susan Lewis

    • Monette says:

      I appreciate your thoughts and comments, Susan! While my time at CT Health has been a wonderful experience, it’s time for a new and completely different challenge! Wishing you and your family and health and happy holiday season!

  7. Amos says:

    May God Be with you and your family. Your departure and openness about your willingness to live into a not so planned future is a great example for the rest of us. I wish you and your family the best.

    • Monette says:

      I appreciate your insight, especially at 2:27 in the morning! I’m truly blessed that I have the resources to be able to make this big step (especially knowing that most people don’t have this option). Wishing you and your family a health and happy holiday season!

  8. Alexis says:

    I am so inspired to read of your decision. As I think you know, our last days at work are very close (mine is 12/20) and we are making similar leaps to refocus our energies. As I spread my news, I have learned over these past few weeks how many people wish they could make such a change, and I applaud you for finding the right time in your life to do it. I know the Foundation will miss you a great deal, but I wish you the best of luck in determining what’s next and enjoying your time.
    Best wishes, Alexis

  9. Nancy Bauer says:

    Good luck Monette – thank you so very much for everything. We so appreciate all the support you have given through the years! Best of luck! Nancy

  10. Sue Addiss says:

    So many years, so many meetings, so many heady discussions. Your time with CT Health will resonate on through the years, so that you will never totally have gone.

    My best wishes to you and your family.

    • Monette says:

      You forgot — so much fun! I am humbled and gratified that I have been able to make a small contribution to the achievements at CT Health. Thank you for your leadership, especially in spearheading the foundation’s public policy work — which is, in my opinion, your greatest legacy at CT Health!

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