WAEF Transition Pt 1

WAEF Transition Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. The Washington Apple Education Foundation will soon be saying farewell to long time executive director, Jennifer Witherbee.

Witherbee announced last month that she will be stepping down from her post in a just few months …

WITHERBEE … “So, I will be. I’ve had an amazing 20 years at the Washington Apple Education Foundation and have felt so blessed to be part of the organization, but feel that it’s time for me, and a great time for WAEF, for somebody new to come in.”

As for her replacement, Witherbee says …

WITHERBEE … “So, I’ll be with the foundation until the end of March and have an opportunity, we hope, to spend some time with the person that will be following before that time is up.”

At the recently held WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show,

Witherbee says she was glad it was live …

WITHERBEE … “It’s been such a great opportunity for me being part of the foundation. And today, this week, has been a little bit of a goodbye tour. And so, just have appreciated so much all the industry members and the care that they have for WAEF and the care that they have for students. And, amazing industry, amazing organization.”

As for WAEF as she prepares her departure …

WITHERBEE … “Things are going well. We are so well supported by the industry. Industry members are incredibly generous and care about making sure kids have opportunities and access to education.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on the WAEF transition in 2022 and the challenges of the past year.

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