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March 21, 2021
Dear TAP Family,
This past year has offered each of us an opportunity to take stock of our lives, reflecting on times we may have taken for granted and missing so much of the connections that make us a community. Our TAP family was forced to move from in-person social engagement to a virtual meeting format for all types of programs. Communication groups, peer-support programs and trainings were facilitated on Zoom as our office space and the spokes where we served remained empty. This was challenging for a program built on the mission of reducing social isolation… but it wasn’t impossible! We worked together and have made the best of a difficult situation. We are beyond excited by what we have been able to accomplish and we aren’t done yet!
TAP Unlimited has enjoyed the development and growth allotted to organizations who stay true to their mission and commit to answering the needs of their stakeholders. For us, our service provision has expanded in each of the divisions: individuals with aphasia, their families/friends and the community. As a matter of fact, the pandemic has us serving individuals and families across the state of North Carolina and allowing us to make an impact in the larger national and global aphasia community.
As we approach our 18th birthday, we recognize that TAP is all grown up! We are ready to make our mark and need more skillsets than one person can possess. Since the birth of this organization, in the living room of my home, I knew this day would come…I knew that we’d grow beyond what I, independently, could lead. Don’t get me wrong, …I’ve never been alone in these efforts. TAP is a family, one that has cherished the generous gifts of time and talent from individuals who have been impacted by aphasia, those who serve the population with a passion and commitment, and a community that has embraced the mission and values as their own.
This letter is to let you know that TAP Unlimited is beginning a search for an Executive Director with a strong development and financial background and a desire to assist us in bringing TAP into it’s next stage of maturity. For myself, I will be taking on a new leadership role as TAP’s Director of Clinical Services, which is my true love!! This position will connect me fully to the work of the programming within each of the service divisions, as well as regional and national aphasia advocacy efforts. I look forward to partnering with the new Executive Director, Amy and all of the Group Leaders, with the guidance of the TAP board and committees as TAP enters a new and exciting phase! I will continue in the role of Executive Director until this new individual joins our team.
Thank you for being part of the TAP family! We appreciate every one of you and send sincere gratitude for your faith in our very special organization. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Board Chair, Mr. Ron Ottavio at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Maura English Silverman, MS, CCC/SLP