On Friday, May 12, 2017, we shared our last day with Kate Ritchie as MADD Tennessee State Program Director. Kate, who started with MADD as a part-time West Tennessee Program Specialist and has been with MADD for seven years, recently accepted a position with Smart Start Ignition Interlock as their Sales & Marketing Director for Tennessee and South Carolina. We hosted a Farewell Reception in her honor to give staff and friends a chance to wish her well in her new endeavors.
Under Kate's leadership, the MADD Tennessee State office grew from 3 part time and 4 full time staff to 8 full time staff; the state's annual budget grew by 25%; and a highly successful Memphis Walk Like MADD annual event was added. Our outreach for Victim Impact Panels increased by 36% and we provided 1,500 victim services to Tennesee victims in 2016 alone. She implemented a State Advisory Board; recruited Mel Taylor, President & CEO of SplitSecnd, as its Board Chair; and established six State Advisory Executives overseeing law enforcement, fundraising, programs, legislation, victim impact panels, and leadership.
But one of Kate's biggest strengths was building key strategic relationships for MADD among government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and other highway safety partners. These relationships have been essential in helpig MADD to succeed in growing our programs, outreach, and awareness of our mission.
These contributions along with her heartfelt compassion for victims will mean she is sorely missed here at MADD Tennessee, not only by the staff, board, and victims/volunteers, but by the many partners who work with us. We hate to lose you, Kate, but wish you well as you continue to work to get convicted DUI offenders using life-saving ignition interlocks.
Pictured L-R: MaryAnn Flowers, Stan Flowers, Jeramie Ritchie, Kathy Kilgore Beeler, Kate Ritchie, Fran Kleeburg, Bryan Doleshel, Kyle Anderson.