Don Berry retires as Create Common Good's president

By Don Berry Dear Supporters and Partners of Create Common Good,

After two years at CCG, most recently as the president and chief operating officer, I have decided to retire from day-to-day operations as of September 7th, 2015. I will continue to be involved as a volunteer advisor to both Tara Russell, board president, and Tracy Hitchcock, the incoming CEO.

I look forward to introducing many of you to Tracy as she takes the reins. She is so excited and passionate about leading this team and continuing to grow our success, and she brings fabulous experience. You will be hearing directly from Tracy in the near future regarding her vision for CCG going forward.

This has been a fantastic experience for me to assist, mentor, and watch our young team grow into a successful source of job training and placement, as well as a trusted producer of food products for some of the finest establishments and companies in the Treasure Valley. Our students enter our training program with a broad spectrum of barriers to employment, whether they start as recent refugees, or come to us from abusive relationships, recent incarceration, substance abuse treatment, or homelessness. So many enter with great anxiety and low self-esteem, but always with a hope to change for the better, to learn skills that will help them be successful in jobs and become more economically self-sufficient. They may be borrowing hope from us in the beginning, but they have enriched my soul through their stories and their growth as they overcome so much more than I have ever been required to tackle.

This will be my third time around for retirement, so perhaps I will get it right this time, though I don't think I could have done any better than my "encore" career with CCG. I will travel, spend more time with family and friends, take some classes, play some golf, and continue to enjoy the outdoors as I run, bike, and hike beautiful Idaho and the bigger world.

Warm regards,

Don Berry

Annie McLeod