With much sadness I am announcing my departure from the Autism Society of Texas as Executive Director effective December 15, 2017. While I have been so honored to serve as the first Executive Director for this incredible organization, I have been offered an opportunity for growth with another organization and cannot at this time turn it down.
I am extremely proud of the work we have done over the past four years, growing our organization of two part time staff to now three full time, one part time and two contract employees. We have seen our budget, office, and service area grow exponentially during my tenure, and I’m so proud of our collective efforts. We have a wonderful board who volunteer countless hours to keep us mission focused and strategically moving in the right direction. We have countless volunteers who engage with our mission, and our grassroots efforts would not thrive without their support.
I will work with our board and staff to seek my replacement and ensure a seamless transition of leadership. I have absolute confidence in our board, staff and supporters that we will continue to improve the lives of all Texans living with autism under new leadership.
I am beyond grateful for you all and know that this is not a goodbye, rather a transition for me as ED to another strong autism advocate in your fold. I’m not going far and plan to re-engage as a steadfast volunteer as you see fit for me to participate. Thank you for taking a risk on me four years ago and letting me learn, lead and love our autism community here in Texas.
With tremendous gratitude,
A Letter from Kathy Palomo, President, AST Board of Directors
It is with mixed sadness and gratitude that I say bon voyage to Suzanne Potts, the first paid Executive Director of our local autism society who grew our small organization into the Autism Society of Texas. We would not be where we are today without her tireless commitment, advocacy and leadership. She fearlessly took on a new robust strategic plan and embraced innovative ideas, increasing our credibility and visibility across the state. Suzanne’s heartfelt passion supported the AST mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism across all spheres. We know that her legacy of achievement will be the stepping stone for our next leader who will continue to shape AST’s future vision.
The Autism Society of Texas is immediately commencing a statewide search for a new Executive Director as part of our transition plan. Our board and staff will work with Suzanne to build a seamless transition of duties over the next few weeks. We hope that you will assist us and forward this job opportunity to your networks. Please view the job description below and link to apply, if you are interested. AST will continue all programs, support groups, and activities.
A Message from the AST Board of Directors
We are sad to announce the departure of our Executive Director, Suzanne Potts effective December 15, 2017. She has accepted a new position within another organization and would like to spend more time with her family. She has been a valued part of our team, and has led this organization over the past four years with tenacity, strong leadership skills and compassion for our autism community. She will be greatly missed, however we know she will become an even louder voice in our autism advocacy efforts. We wish Suzanne the very best in the next chapter of her life.
Executive Director, Autism Society of Texas, job description:
If interested, please submit resume and cover letter here.