Twenty five years ago today (26th September 1994), Bethphage was founded. As part of the celebrations of that anniversary, the board of directors are delighted to announce that Donna Werner has been appointed to the newly created position of Honorary President of Bethphage.
As many friends of Bethphage will know, Donna has enormous experience in the learning disabilities sector having spent a career championing the delivery of high quality, person centred services.
For those of you who do not know her, Donna was the person responsible for establishing Bethphage in 1994 having travelled from Bethphage (now Mosaic) in the US to undertake preliminary studies with Shropshire Health and Social Services on the provision of transition services for people then living in long stay hospitals. Three of the very first group of people who transferred to community-based services from Stallington Hospital still choose to receive support from us.
As our Honorary President Donna brings outstanding commitment to the mission, vision and values of Bethphage. She has a wealth of experience having been both CEO of Bethphage and later, from 2004 to 2016, serving as a trustee. In addition to her work with Bethphage, Donna was Senior Vice President of Advocacy for Mosaic in Omaha. She will provide a very valuable contribution to both our strategic planning and continuous improvement processes, and provide a focal point for Bethphage’s over-arching aim: To bring potential to life.
As Donna said “Bethphage has an impressive history of working in partnership with people who have disabilities to participate in and contribute to the life of their communities. I am looking forward to continuing this amazing journey with Bethphage and to developing new friends and renewing many old friendships too.”
We are pleased to say that Donna will be joining us at Bethphage’s AGM, Staff Conference and 25th Birthday celebrations in October.