4.29.24 – In Her Own Words – From Moran Henn

Dear Willow Bend Members and Community,

It is with a mix of emotions that I share with you some significant news. After nine incredible years of serving as the Executive Director of Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role to embark on a new journey of entrepreneurship.

This decade has been nothing short of amazing. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to lead such a remarkable organization dedicated to environmental education and love of the great outdoors. From the moment I first stepped through the doors of Willow Bend, I knew I had found my passion and purpose. The work we have accomplished together has been deeply fulfilling, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have served this incredible community.

During my tenure at Willow Bend, we have achieved numerous milestones and successes together. From increasing our budget and expanding our programs to forging new partnerships and gaining invaluable support from our community, each achievement has been a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff, volunteers, and supporters. Together, we have made a tangible impact on environmental education efforts in our region, and I am incredibly proud of what I have accomplished.

As I prepare to transition into this new chapter of my life, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support, dedication, and friendship over the years. While this may mark the end of my time as Executive Director, it is by no means goodbye. I am committed to staying connected with Willow Bend and the wonderful community we have built together. I look forward to staying in touch, supporting the organization in any way I can, and look forward to volunteering my time and expertise in the future.

What’s next for me? Returning to my roots…Many years ago, I began my professional journey as an animal behaviorist and dog trainer. Now, I am excited to transition back, dedicating myself full-time to this passion. Currently, I manage my own establishment, Moran’s Professional Pet Care and Training, alongside overseeing a non-profit horse therapy initiative named Horses Heroes and Hope. I am genuinely thrilled to refocus my efforts, allowing myself to thrive without spreading myself thin.

As I embark on this new adventure, I am filled with excitement and optimism for what lies ahead. While I may be leaving my role at Willow Bend, the lessons I have learned and the memories I have cherished will stay with me always. Additionally, I’m not venturing too far, and I eagerly anticipate crossing paths with many of you in various capacities.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your Executive Director. Together, we have truly made a difference, and I’ve witnessed it firsthand. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this remarkable organization.

With deepest gratitude and warmest regards,

Moran Henn
Executive Director (until June 2024)
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center