Getting To Know You - Fall 2013

Dear Friends,

The seasons are changing. Cooler breezes. The promise of crisp, refreshing fall days. My wife Monet and I, along with our three children are settling nicely into our new home, and I am enjoying getting acquainted with the Lehigh Valley and all it has to offer.

I am a few months into my new position here at Good Shepherd and continue to be energized and inspired by the mission and the people. I’ve had an opportunity to spend some time visiting one-on-one with a number of donors and this has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the job. Fund raising is a relatively new domain for me, but everyone I meet puts me at ease because they know we are good and faithful stewards of their gifts. And, through their personal histories with us, I’m learning a lot that enriches my broader understanding of who we are.

Our donors see our mission in action as a vital, living thing of which they’re an important part. In fact, Mission in Action is the theme of our 2013 Honor Roll of Donors, which you’ll find right here on the web by clicking here, and it’s evident in the Fall issue of Sweet Charity.

You’ll see philanthropy at work in the life of Ken Beers, who suffered a spinal cord injury and walked to the altar to marry his long-time fiancé with the use of incredible technology. You’ll see a generosity of spirit at work through Abby Marone, a 16-year-old Girl Scout who raised money and collected toys for our pediatric inpatient unit. And you’ll see compassionate care and clinical expertise as a springboard for Christine Wilshire, who lost more than 262 pounds and is experiencing life in a wonderful new way.

I am looking forward to meeting more of you in the months and years to come. I believe strongly in relationship-building and creating conversations that will make Good Shepherd even better. I hope you will join me in making that happen with your continued loyalty.



John Kristel, MBA,MPT

President & CEO