In between celebrating an exciting year and announcing our agenda in the years to come, Howard Brown Health recognized three awardees at our 2017 Annual Meeting. See below for remarks made by President and CEO David Ernesto Munar:
Friend for Life: Daniel Nack
As we grow, Howard Brown has relied on the trust and counsel of professionals to guide our real estate strategy. Our long-time real estate advisor has been instrumental in helping the organization find new, affordable spaces to meet our needs. As a former vice president at Debenham Thouard Zadelhoff (DTZ) and then Cushman Wakefield, Daniel Nack has advised on half a dozen complex real estate transactions that are quite literally reshaping Howard Brown. A skilled analyst and negotiator, Daniel has enlisted his training and resources to map our growth. As a long-time supporter, Daniel has donated the commissions he’s earned on our properties back to Howard Brown and helped underwrite other planning, moving, and furnishing expenses. As he begins a new venture, he is guarding time every week to volunteer at Howard Brown. We can think of no one more deserving and more consequential to our success.
Heart of Howard Brown: Visionary Eye Care Professionals
(accepted by Dr. Michael Ciszek)
For many of our low-income and uninsured patients, access to vision care is among their greatest challenges. Thankfully there are generous souls like the owners of Visionary Eye Care Professionals in Andersonville. For years, Visionary Eye Care has agreed to donate eye exams and services for a number of low-income patients who would not receive care otherwise. Visionary Eye Care even provides discounts on eyewear and has donated eyeglasses in some cases. For our patients with no other option, Visionary Eye Care is a godsend.
Spirit of Howard Brown: Sam Forsythe, Part D Case Manager
Sam’s colleagues at Howard Brown Health recognize her commitment to her clients and coworkers. As co-facilitator of Common Ground, Howard Brown’s women’s support group, Sam has excelled in designing innovative tools to educate women about HIV and other public health principles. As a Spanish-speaking case manager, Sam bonds with her Spanish-speaking clients. She has helped translate materials into Spanish to help Howard Brown reach patients who need forms in their native tongue. Co-workers appreciate Sam’s vibrant sprit and encouragement for all the members of her team. In their nomination, colleagues said: “Sam is the kind of warm personality that draws people to her. She is very personal in her encouragement of teammates. She has a list of not only everyone’s birthday but their favorite kind of cake! Even on her bad days, she usually maintains a base of optimism. She also lets us know where the good tamales are. Not necessarily healthy from a medical standpoint but few would argue that tamales aren’t good for the soul.”