She took her responsibilities of leadership to heart. Over the years, she improved standards for: staff performance, behavior, hiring a diverse staff, and professional development. The most recent SAIL program developed is Access for All. Access for All collaborates with consumers, businesses and government entities seeking to create an Absolutely Accessible UP. Through the Access for All program, Sarah collaborated with Travel Marquette in creating the Marquette Accessibility Guide due for publication in 2022. The guide will allow individuals with disabilities to make informed choices about where to stay, eat and play in Marquette County. SAIL appreciates the commitment of Travel Marquette to financially supporting and producing the Guide. Sarah’s vision was to find support to expand this type of guide across the UP.
While the next Executive Director will have large shoes to fill, Sarah’s legacy provides the new Director a well-developed agency with committed staff; strong policies; and established satellite offices for outreach across the Upper Peninsula.
Sarah, you are in our hearts forever.