A Special Thank You from A.B. Short, our CEO & Co-Founder

Dear MedShare friends and supporters,

A.B. Short, MedShare CEO & Co-Founder

It is with pleasure that I welcome Meridith Rentz to MedShare. After thirteen years, $93 million worth of supplies shipped in 700 forty-foot containers to 88 countries, 2,100 medical teams outfitted and 2 million cubic feet of space saved from landfills, I have decided it is time to step down from the role of CEO. As of September 1, my new role at MedShare will be Senior Advisor to the CEO.

I’m confident that you are in very capable hands with Meridith. Tasked with finding my successor, MedShare’s Board of Trustees conducted a national search to find the best candidate. Their year-long process was outstanding, and we are lucky to have Meridith. She brings strong academic, healthcare and nonprofit management experience, and her passion for our mission mirrors my own.

As Jim Arnett, MedShare’s Board Chair, said, “Meridith’s experience leading high quality, innovative programs of the geographic breath and scale that MedShare aspires to will support the significant growth and expansion of our own services that is underway.”

There are many things I could say about these past thirteen years. That MedShare has attracted such a strong, committed staff has been both humbling and empowering. Our in-kind and financial donor community far exceeded our earliest expectations, as did the 18,000 community volunteers we mobilize each year to sort and pack medical supplies. The Board, remarkable in their commitment and dedication, has been my true driving force. From the very beginning, I received their encouragement to make MedShare a national leader in the medical surplus recovery and redistribution field, and to create the best model that can be replicated and grown into a truly international organization. I’m proud that this once one-person operation has, and continues to, not only fulfill, but exceed their expectations.

From this self-proclaimed “do-gooder,” I appeal to you to keep doing good. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that regardless of situation, all people share a commonality. We are all one family, and we should act accordingly.

YOU and the thousands of people like you make up the MedShare family. Your involvement and investment have made our vision for MedShare a reality and have created and sustained an organization that will continue to do good for many years to come. While my role may be changing, our work is not yet done and I encourage your continued support of our mission to bridge the gap between surplus and need.

Sincerely,

A.B. Short
MedShare CEO & Co-Founder

To read the letter from our Board Chair, Jim Arnett, announcing this CEO transition, click here. For more, read the Atlanta Journal Constitution coverage and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s feature.

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MedShare Welcomes Tony Blair Faiths Act Fellows

In early August, we introduced you to our Tony Blair Faiths Act Fellow, Sana Rahim and Clint Fluker. They’re doing an incredible job so far, and we’re enjoying having them!

Our CEO and Co-Founder, A.B. Short, welcomed them on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s blog, and we wanted to share the post with you. Click here to view, or see below.

MedShare Welcomes Tony Blair Faiths Act Fellows

By: A.B. Short, MedShare CEO & Co-Founder

Faiths Act fellows Sana Rahim and Clint Fluker, joined MedShare in late July. The two not only brought with them a wealth of experience and talent, but also a tangible new energy to our team.

Clint and Sana, MedShare's Faiths Act Fellows

You see, MedShare is aware of the potential to bridge interfaith groups in our community for a greater good, and as such, we’ve been eagerly anticipating their arrival.

To welcome Clint and Sana, we hosted a team breakfast where they had the opportunity to meet everyone. Then, to foster their understanding of how MedShare’s operates, they met with each of our various departments. I especially enjoyed sharing the history, founding, and achievements of MedShare with them.

During their year at MedShare, Clint and Sana will be working with various faith communities in Atlanta to allow those from different faith backgrounds to come together for a common cause: to improve global health.

Clint, Sana and Lindsey Barnett, MedShare's Senior Programs Manager, Sorting Medical Supplies

Their presence here has the potential to double the number of volunteers and, accordingly, our impact worldwide.

MedShare mobilizes community volunteers to sort and box the 20,000 lbs of donated medical supplies that we collect weekly, so you can see why their role is vital to MedShare’s ability to truly bridge the gap between surplus and need.

In addition to leading volunteers, our fellows plan to raise funds for joint container sponsorships, bridging those from various faith backgrounds to send 2,000 boxes of medical supplies to healthcare facilities treating victims of malaria and improving access to healthcare for women and children.

Clint and Sana with A.B. Short, MedShare CEO & Co-Founder

Most importantly, though, Clint and Sana will leave a lasting impact on the MedShare community of staff and volunteers as they lead us in a greater understanding of the way that collaborative faith can be a force for good.

I expect the Faiths Act fellows will pass along invaluable interfaith dialogue skills that we will continue to benefit from and utilize long after the fellowship has ended.

We’re honored to be a host, and happy to have them!

A.B. Short, MedShare’s CEO & Co-Founder

To learn more about medshare go to: http://www.medshare.org/

If you’d like to welcome Sana and Clint to MedShare, you can do so on our Facebook wall or via Twitter: @MedShare, @SanaRahim or @ClintFluker.

A Message from Jim Arnett, MedShare’s Board of Trustees Chair

MedShare’s Board of Trustees Chair, Jim Arnett, announces that on September 1, 2011, A.B. Short will be stepping down as CEO, and Meridith Rentz will take his place. Click here to view a larger version of this message.

We invite you to join us in welcoming Meridith and also in thanking A.B. for his inspiring leadership.  You can share your thoughts with both of them on MedShare’s Facebook wall or via twitter, @MedShare and @mrentz.