Greetings to you all:
Well, it's that time!! No, not the holidays, although that is upon us as well. Over 3 decades with Delta Dental of Kansas, it is with mixed sentiments that I have decided to retire effective February 5th, 2021. It is difficult for me to write this letter, yet as you might imagine, somehow, I am able to squeeze out a smile
Looking back to 1987, coming in by means of my dental hygiene background, 15 employees, 3 major accounts, barely 50% of the dentists in the network and being the only PR staff member, I can't help but smile at the memories I have. Driving all over the state to meet each of you gave me the opportunity to really get to know the Kansas landscape and build relationships. At one time, there wasn't a dentist and/or their staff member in the state that I didn't know.
During my tenure of 33 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed and cherished the experiences afforded to me personally and professionally. Because of the opportunities at DDKS, I have grown in so many unimaginable ways and have worked with numerous teams and individuals that have both challenged and motivated me. I have formed lasting friendships/relationship internally and externally, in Kansas and across the country, some that will last long after I am gone. For that I say THANK YOU.
Little did I know that my career growth at DDKS would afford me leadership opportunities beyond measure such as serving on numerous statewide and national dental related Boards and committees like Oral Health Kansas and the American Association of Dental Consultants; participating in prominent organizations like Leadership Kansas and eventually making history becoming the first African American to Chair the Board of Directors for the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in the State.
However, I must say that the best part of my job has been working with you and your teams coupled with working with the best Professional Relations team in the nation. If you know me at all, you know my primary focus has always been advocating for the dentists. Now, I plan to enjoy my retirement and do other activities of interest. But one thing is certain, I will miss being a part of this organization and working with many of you. The best news is that I am confident that the network will continue to get even better service than it has been accustomed to because you are in great hands.
Thanks for the memories!
Junetta M. Everett
Vice President, Professional Relations