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Executive Director's Message

Friday, November 9, 2018   (2 Comments)
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- Karen L. Nedbal, ACCED-I Executive Director


So this Executive Director’s Message was supposed to be a newsy update detailing all of the things that are happening in the main office this time of year. There’s so much going on; Educational Forums, elections, Action Teams are all busy, releasing surveys and studying the analysis to see what the next steps are. And, oh yes, getting set up for the next Annual Conference. We never wind down the year – this time of year it’s all about ramping up.


But when I woke up yesterday morning and read of the mass shooting in California, I couldn’t finish my newsy message.


I am heartbroken for all of those affected by this senseless and tragic crime, and I wish them peace in the days and months and years ahead as they move on with their lives without their loved ones.


Through all of the many tragedies we’ve seen this year, one thing that always strikes me is the role of the community. Whether it be a natural disaster or man-made tragedy, we see time and time again the strength of the community as people come together to help heal, help rebuild, help restart. We should never underestimate the power of caring, the power of working together, the power of reaching out for help, the power of helping. Working together in our most weak and vulnerable times can only make us stronger. Being a part of a community whether it be geographical, faith-based, interest-oriented, or professional brings purpose and a sense of belonging and I hope this is a part of your lives.


As the year draws to a close, whether you are ramping up or winding down, let’s all remember those that can use more community in their lives and be thankful for the community that exists in our lives.  I wish you all a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.

  Karen L. Nedbal is Executive Director of ACCED-I. She can be reached at or (970) 449-4960.


Jim Hodges, Duke University says...
Posted Monday, November 12, 2018
Having a college age child and working closely with so many students, this latest shooting and the impact of it's tradegy hits so very close to home. Hold your love ones just a bit closer.
Amy Sanders says...
Posted Monday, November 12, 2018
Very well said, Karen.