It’s with mixed emotions that I share some exciting news. Our very own Sherrine Peyton, Director of Community Collaboration has been offered the opportunity to take a remarkable leadership role at the State of Illinois. Sherrine was chosen to be the new Statewide Opioid Settlement Administrator (SOSA). For those who are unfamiliar, State Attorneys General filed multiple lawsuits against the producers and distributors of opioids. They sought to recover on behalf of those who had been impacted by opioid use. The settlement reached anticipates that Illinois may receive approximately $760,000,000 from these settlements over the next 18 years, if recovery is maximized. This is a huge undertaking and one that Sherrine will be taking on. She, as the SOSA, with a team from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), will oversee the distribution of funds statewide to fight the opioid crisis. Sherrine is exceptionally qualified to lead this work and I’m so proud that her skills and talents will save lives throughout our great state. With that, as her teammate, we will be very sad to see her leave KYC. Sherrine’s last day with us will be October 8th.
During her time at KYC, Sherrine has grown our prevention programs from one grant-funded positive youth development program to the booming Community Collaboration Division. She has brought leadership, strength, perspective, community engagement, wisdom, integrity, and so much more to her time with us. I cannot overstate her impact or how much I will personally miss working with her on the Leadership Team.
But with all our teammates, I am thrilled for this opportunity for her and as team members grow into new positions at other places, we celebrate the opportunity to be part of their career journey. We celebrate teammates as they arrive at KYC and we honor them upon their departure.
Sherrine, our doors are always open to you. We wish you all the best as you take on this incredibly important work at the State and know we will continue to partner with you in every way we can. Thank you for your service, dedication, and expertise throughout your tenure. It has been an honor to be your teammate.
Please join me in congratulating Sherrine.
Grace Hong Duffin
President & CEO
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