Executive Transition 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you know, I’ve had the good fortune to work with HealthConnect One for more than 30 years — years of adventure, accomplishment and transformation, for me personally, for the organization as a whole, and for so many of our allies and friends.

We have now reached a moment of significant growth and change, and I’ve decided it’s the right time for me to set a retirement date. I’ll be stepping down from my role on July 1, 2018.

Over the past year, we have accomplished deep work to build a leaderful organization on every level, and I believe we’ve reached a point where HC One can really soar. The organization has tremendous potential and opportunity for national expansion, and I think that our amazing team and a new Executive Director will bring us to the next level of exciting development and sustainability.

Over the next year, HC One’s Board of Directors will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director, under the leadership of Board President Mairita Smiltars. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead us into the future, while we continue to develop our important and innovative programs. We expect to circulate the job announcement in February 2018.

I am tremendously proud of HC One, its staff, Board, Associate Board, and community partners, and of the significant change we have been able to both lead and be a part of. I’m excited about the future, and very grateful that we are able to enter this transition in a structured, planful, and strategic way. I will continue to support HC One in any way I can.

This organization is strengthened by our mission, our internal team, and support from stakeholders like you across the country. Together, we will continue to meet change without fear, and continue to fight so that every mother, baby and family can thrive in a healthy community.


Rachel Abramson
Executive Director

Search Timeline

Application period opens: February 12

Application period closes: March 23

Initial screen of applications (rolling): late February – late March 2018

Interviews with semi-finalists (anticipated): early – mid April

Interviews with finalists (anticipated): late April – early May

Board announces HealthConnect One’s new executive director (anticipated): late May

Executive director begins working at HC One (anticipated): June / July 2018

We are pleased to announce our new Executive Director:

Brenda Blasingame

Search Committee

  • Heidy Brito, Community Representative
  • Matt Cohen, Staff Liaison
  • Donna Dorsey, Board Rep
  • Becky J. Frederick, Consultant
  • Michele McCay, Board Rep
  • Jere McKinley, Staff Liaison
  • Tamela Milan, Board Rep
  • Susan Oliver, Board Rep
  • Pam Roesch, Associate Board Representative
  • Mairita Smiltars, Chair
  • Andrew Vitale, Board Rep

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We know you will have questions, ideas, concerns and insights – now and over the coming year. Please reach out as they arise. Connect with our staff. Connect with our Board. Complete the form below.

It has always been through collaboration and mutual support that we have sustained our energy, strength and effectiveness in this work.

Thank you for your ongoing involvement, interest and partnership.

~ HC One Staff and Board

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