We wish a fond farewell to Ron Karstetter, DignityUSA's National Office Manager, for the past five years.

While Marianne Duddy worked from her home in Boston, Ron was the point of contact for our vendors, chapters and members seeking help or placing orders. Ron was the voice on the phone when someone found the courage to call and talk about being Catholic and gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. While he will be working for another employer, Ron will continue to be a part of the DignityUSA family serving on the DignityUSA 2005 Convention Committee.

We wish Ron all the best in his new endeavors, and thank him for his past and continuing service and participation in our Dignity family.

We welcome Karen Banks as the new Office Manager. Karen comes to us with a background of experience working with small, non-profit, community based organizations.

Welcome, Karen.