November 30, -0001
Williston (VT) - Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) announced today the retirement of its longest serving employee, Ann Fielder. In 1972, Fielder began working for PPNNE in Brattleboro and was one of the organization’s first nurse practitioners to provide services in the state of Vermont.
“Ann is a natural leader and is passionate about the women and families we serve,” said Tom Frank, PPNNE’s Interim President/CEO. “Ann has trained and mentored countless employees to ensure that every patient has access to the services they need and deserve. Ann’s dedication to patients inspired her to assist PPNNE in its expansion of health centers and services in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.”
Fielder has helped PPNNE through several milestones, including her testimony in federal court in support of its Manchester Health Center. In her 37 years with PPNNE she has served as a Regional Manager, Regional Director, V.P. of Program Services, Senior V.P. of External Affairs, and Sr. Advisor for Organizational Development. For the past three years, she has been working half time, focusing primarily on leadership development, coaching, organizational learning, and staff development.
“I have spent most of my professional life in the wonderful, rich, innovative and alive PPNNE culture, I am so grateful for all I have learned and that I have had the opportunity, with others, to ensure that people can make voluntary choices about their sexual and reproductive health. For me, retiring from PPNNE is bittersweet,” said Fielder. “I leave colleagues who inspired and supported me through the years. On the other hand I look forward to opening myself up to new experiences, re-investing in my community, and doing some executive coaching and consulting.”
Fielder currently lives in Brattleboro with her husband, Tom Yahn. She serves on several non-profit boards including the Vermont Women’s Fund and the Rural Women’s Leadership Institute of Vermont. She also volunteers for Hospice and her local Non-Violent Communication Practice Group. Fielder anticipates dedicating even more of her newly acquired free time to community endeavors.