In October, we at SAGE prepare for transition. We strategically stagger the terms of our board members which allows us to blend experience with fresh perspectives. During the month of October, we will be voting to replace two “Sages of SAGE” whose tenure has come to a close.
For the past six years, Betsy Brawley has served on the SAGE board, representing an important interior design perspective. She has been a passionate pioneer in designing environments with a focus in Alzheimer’s Disease. As a recognized author and design consultant, Betsy has been a sought after speaker at conferences for many years. Recently, she has elevated the importance of artificial and natural lighting within environments for seniors. SAGE has benefited from her passion, her experience and her willingness to share her design knowledge.
Skip Gregory is the other sage who will be stepping off the board at the end of this year. Skip has served on the board for six years since 2009. He was one of the first “regulators” to serve on the board and he always brought a reality-based view to our discussions. He was one of the early adopters of person-centered care from a code or regulatory perspective. His passion and influence carried well beyond the state of Florida and included national involvement in NFPA, FGI and ICC. Skip said it was time for the next generation to take up the mantle of “people-focused” regulations.
In the next few weeks, SAGE members will be given the opportunity to elect that next generation of “influencers” in our profession. I am encouraged by the quality of the candidates we have for this coming election. Please be sure to participate in the election process, even if you can’t make the annual meeting in November. Lori Bridgeman, our administrative assistant for SAGE, is diligently putting together the electronic voting process.
We can learn so much from those who have more highway behind them than in front of them. I would encourage all of us to seek out the sages of our profession. Listen to them. Learn from them. Value them.
Thank you, to Betsy and Skip, for your passion, your service and your commitment to the SAGE design principles. We are indebted to you for what you have done, but more importantly, for who you are!