Chris Kirk will be missed !

Christine (Arnoldi) Kirk, a devoted 20 year employee, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2012 after an extended illness. Chris was a friend and colleague to those she worked with and a determined advocate for youth. Most recently, Chris served as the Assistant Director of Care Management. Prior to that she was the Director of Central Service Reception, a department she built from the ground up. Prior to that she was the Regional Manager for the Columbus, OH region, a region she put her stamp on by expanding services, engaging foster parents as partners and never shying away from the opportunity to work with youth others may have thought too difficult.

Chris was both a formal and informal mentor by her word and deed. She gently encouraged everyone to be champions for youth and to care for one another. She valued what each person could contribute and was tireless in her commitment to NYAP’s values and principles. She brought out the best in others by always giving the best of herself.

Anyone working with, or near, Chris knew of her great sense of humor. Her friends and co-workers described her by saying she never minced words and you always knew where you stood, that she was very caring and compassionate, subtly irreverent, kind-hearted, had the best dry wit, dedicated to everything she undertook, never complained and always made time for everyone.

Marvena Twigg, CEO, probably best conveyed and summed up Chris’ impact and legacy,

“Chris was a servant leader, always leading from the needs and best interests of others. She was a gifted social worker who made a difference to so many, clients and employees alike. There’s a lovely quote about service that comes to mind when I think about Chris; ‘Service…the act of planting a tree in whose shade you never expect to sit.’ Chris was the planter of many trees. We will all miss her.”