Farewell, Not Goodbye

Sara Berney took on the role of Wholesome Wave Georgia's first Executive Director at age 24. During her five year leadership, Sara not only transformed our basic operational structure to an established institution, but ensured that our community impact continues to thrive year after year. On June 13th, 2018, Wholesome Wave Georgia's staff, board, and close partners gathered to celebrate Sara and honor her with the illustrious "Silver Carrot" award for her dedication and passion for sustainable food systems, nutrition, and health and wellness sectors. We wish Sara good luck on her journey to graduate school and welcome her successor Denise Blake to the Wholesome Wave Georgia family. Without further ado, please enjoy Sara's final Farewell to Wholesome Wave Georgia's friends, funders, partners, and food nonprofit community. 

 Sara Berney with the illustrious "Silver Carrot" trophy awarded by Wholesome Wave Georgia's staff and board. 

Sara Berney with the illustrious "Silver Carrot" trophy awarded by Wholesome Wave Georgia's staff and board. 

To the wonderful Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG) family of clients, farmers, funders, marketers, and partners, I want to express my sincere and warmest thanks for your support of our organization. I also want to thank you for supporting me over the last four years. It is with mixed emotion that I am closing this chapter of my life so that I can start a new one—for me, and for WWG. In August, I will begin my pursuit of a dual master’s degree in business administration and public health in healthcare policy and management. My last day at WWG will be June 15.      

I am grateful to have served as WWG’s first full-time ED, for the experience I gained and for the relationships I developed with so many wonderful individuals and organizations. With our talented and dedicated staff, we were able to grow our existing programs and initiate new ones. I believe strongly, however, that it is now time to take WWG to the next level.

 Sara Berney and Denise Blake, Wholesome Wave Georgia's first and second Executive Directors. 

Sara Berney and Denise Blake, Wholesome Wave Georgia's first and second Executive Directors. 

Over the past month, a transition team comprised of WWG’s internal and external stakeholders, convened to develop this job ad for the next executive director.  The transition team, responsible for facilitating the search process, and WWG’s board of directors, aim to hire the new ED this May.

So, this is farewell, not goodbye. At this point in my life, I am compelled to build on what I learned and experienced at WWG, further my education, and explore new opportunities in the world of preventative healthcare. With my graduate degree, I aspire to help transform our nation’s health systems to improve people’s health through wellness-focused policies and programs. Through this work, I envision working with organizations like WWG to ensure that nutrition is an essential component of the healthcare sector.

While transitions can be challenging, they also bring opportunity. Our staff and board of directors look forward to bringing on a new leader to guide the organization into its next stage of life.  I trust our paths will cross again as we work to bring awareness to the importance of nutritional wellness and food access and serve those individuals and families who rely on advocates like WWG.

In gratitude,
Sara Berney