At the recent Parents & Guardians Meeting at GTL on Monday, July 17th, Executive Director Cheryl Hennelly announced her plan to retire effective April 1, 2018. While the announcement was emotional, it comes with the full blessing of the Board of Directors, staff, and families of GTL. Cheryl has been at GTL for 32 years, starting as an Instructor in 1985 and then serving as Executive Director since 2003.

The Board of Directors, Cheryl, and senior staff have formed a transition team that will work to position the organization for continued success for the next leader of the GTL. As she stated at the Parents & Guardians Meeting, Cheryl will continue to support and be involved as much as she can after retirement. “I love this organization too much to just walk away; it’s my second home,” she said.

There have only been three Executive Directors in the 43 year history of GTL, with 42 of those years being lead by founder, Dorothy Hough, and Cheryl, currently. This is a sad and emotional moment in the history of GTL, but the Board and staff promise to use this as opportunity to strengthen their commitment towards the mission of GTL to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities reach their fullest potential.


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