Gary Wappes, OrOHC's Executive Director, has announced that he will be retiring on December 6, 2013. Gary is OrOHC's first executive director, and has led the organization through two years of dramatic growth and development. Growth that has included significant expansion of our popular First Tooth program, a revamped and modernized website, a growth in newsletter subscription from a few hundred to over 7,000, tremendous interest and attendance at our annual conferences, and a growing presence for OrOHC as the leading voice for good oral health for all Oregonians.
In his comments to the OrOHC Board of Directors, Gary said, "The past two years working with you to build this organization into the strong, vital nonprofit that it is today have been among the most rewarding of my long career in nonprofit and social service management. I am honored by my association with you, and the many dedicated oral health advocates and leaders I have had the pleasure of working with. I wish you, and all of the OrOHC family the very best in the future."
We wish Gary well...and are most appreciative for the foundation Gary has built for OrOHC in our state. His interest, dedication, and ongoing efforts in making OrOHC the statewide organization it aspires to be were just what we needed. He will be greatly missed but the fruits of his labors will provide a good basis for the next chapter of work for OrOHC.