Kristyn, our Director of Operations, is a really gifted writer and a big dreamer. That's part of what made us fall in love with her. When she interviewed with us, she told us she was the co-founder of Gather Good, but that she also loved our cause and wanted to get involved part time. Her resume was impressive, and her personality and heart even more so. I knew there was a risk of her leaving us, but it was worth it to have her join us, even if for a short time.
As we have had the privilege of working together, I don't regret that decision for one second. She has brought so much value to Love Not Lost and I will be forever grateful for her fingerprints she will leave behind.
In recent months, I could tell Gather Good was demanding more of her schedule and knew it was a matter of time before she would need to make the call. That call came last week, and as Kristyn choked up sharing her decision to step away from Love Not Lost, I also teared up.
As much as it sucks to lose great people, I am so excited to watch her chase her dream. We had a great conversation and she's offered to stay on for several more weeks to help us transition our new hire into the role of Director of Operations (now accepting applications). This is currently a part time role that we hope to transition to a full time position in the future as we gain corporate sponsors and additional donations.
We are looking forward to meeting people who are excited about the mission of Love Not Lost and want to help us grow across the Southeast. If you know of someone who would be interested, please send them to our job posting and tell them to apply!
In saying goodbye, Kristyn has some words to share that I will leave you with...
Back in 1999, when I was just 12 years old, I lost my father to pancreatic cancer. It was a short six months from diagnosis to death, and just as quickly as he was here, he was gone. During that time my family hardly captured moments together, a decision I greatly wish I could change.
Upon first hearing about the mission of Love Not Lost, it immediately became very near and dear to my heart. Aside from my resolute love of grassroots nonprofits, I felt a strong connection because of my childhood. Capturing and preserving a snapshot of someone's life stands still in time. Memories fade; photographs last a lifetime.
Like all of you, I believe in the importance of celebrating the seconds, minutes, hours, and days that make up this beautiful mess we call life. In its short time as a nonprofit, Love Not Lost has been able to support people in grief and celebrate life. To capture those finite, yet uniquely impactful moments. Ashley has been at the heart of loving people better so delicately and it makes me honored to share a role in growing this remarkable community.
Saying goodbye is never easy. We experience goodbyes throughout our lives, but the ache of that statement, no matter the amount of practice we have, still stings like the first time around. It has been an incredibly hard decision to say goodbye to Love Not Lost.
Much like my father, I connect moments through song. In saying goodbye, I like to think of it more as an I'll be seeing you, like the sweet crooning of Billy Holiday's title track.
As I chase my dream of storytelling Atlanta's strong civic heartbeat, I will continue to walk in stride with Love Not Lost. While my role will change, my adoration for the work we do will continue to remain unwavering. If you're interested in the Director of Operations position, I can promise you it will be a decision you won't regret saying yes to.
I bid you all my dearest farewell. Adieu. I'll be seeing you.