Colette Masterson,

When I think about people who defined 2017 for me, you immediately come to mind. 

At the beginning of last year, you believed in me and my abilities as a young professional. It was a turning point in my life, my career, and my mental health. Because of you, I was able to meet so many of the students that continue to make Otterbein special. Because of you, I was able to have the confidence to make moves and begin striving for the things that matter to me. Because of you, I learned to love myself more. Because of you, I'm beginning 2018 consumed by hope.

Colette, you are changing the world. By doing what you love and caring so deeply for the students that cross your path, you are making a mark on the universe. I know my life is only one simple example among many of how your wisdom, laughter, and empathy transform lives. 

Thank you for letting me share laughter, inspiration, and the best ginger ale with you.

Thank you for welcoming me to your team and making me feel at home again.

Thank you for inspiring me to not settle and to continue pushing myself to be better.

Thank you for trusting me with the magnificent students that I know will continue to make the world a more thoughtful, inclusive, and joyful place.

Thank you for setting an example of thoughtfulness, inclusivity, and joy for said students.

Thank you for your professionalism. I've learned so much about how to carry myself in a professional environment, simply by observing you.

Colette, I can't wait to see you again soon. I love you!