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The Family Partnership Grateful for the Service of Two Long-Time Employees

Published on April 12, 2019  |  Written by Vikki Reich

We asked two long-time employees to reflect as they retire from The Family Partnership on May 2, 2019.

Q&A with Betsy Bartek
Betsy with (Left to Right) Valencia Perryman and Regina Cole

1. How long have you worked at The Family Partnership?
Betsy has worked for The Family Partnership for 34 years.

2. What roles have you held during your time at TFP?
Betsy worked as a child care worker, parenting Instructor, family worker, Healthy Start worker, Healthy Start supervisor, Director of Healthy Start and then Parenting for the Future, PSOP (Parent Support Outreach Program), and PFD (Family Parent Development).

3. What is your fondest memory?
Betsy’s fondest memory is working with the families. She said, “It’s amazing how they let you into their lives. It’s a privilege.”

4. What are you proudest of?
Betsy is proudest of her ability to build relationships with families and help them. She said, “To see them in their darkest moments and be that ray of hope.”

5. What are you looking forward to in retirement?
Betsy said that she is looking forward to being able to take better care of herself – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and to finding her next adventure.

Q&A with Diane Seurer
Diane with (Left to Right) Ari Johnson,  Kelly Suzick, Margaret Sanchez-Henao, Mary Rainey, Sandy Klein Mirviss, Chelsea Hinck and Marilyn Washington

1. How long have you worked at The Family Partnership?
Diane has worked for The Family Partnership for 32 years.

2. What roles have you held during your time at TFP?
Diane started at Reuben Lindh in 1972 and began working at The Family Partnership in 1987. She was a teacher and worked in the Mainstream Program doing assessments and interventions. Diane also helped start the Southeast Asian Program. She was an intake worker, family worker, transportation supervisor, and assistant director before becoming the Director of Four Directions Family Center.

3. What is your fondest memory?
Diane said there are too many fond memories to label just one but that being a family worker was the position she enjoyed the most. Recently, she reconnected with a former client who is now an LPN with kids in college who told Diane, “I couldn’t have done it without you.” She said this was especially nice to hear at the end of her career.

4. What are you proudest of?
Diane is proudest of her ability to build trust with families. She said, “All my work with the families because that has been something I’ve done throughout my career. “

5. What are you looking forward to in retirement?
Diane is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and family and doing some traveling.

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