A Special Message From the Project MORE Family
To Dr. Bonnie K. Burman, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging
Congratulations & Thank You Dr. Bonnie Burman!
Best Wishes to You in Your Future Endeavors
You Are a Special Friend, We Will Miss You!
It is with mixed emotions, that we are forwarding on to you the news that Dr. Bonnie K. Burman, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging is retiring effective August 1, 2016. Dr. Burman, who has had a long and illustrious career in public service, was appointed by Governor John Kasich as Director of the Department of Aging in 2011. Dr. Burman who earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was also the former director of The Ohio State University’s Office of Geriatics and gerontology.
On a personal note, I first met Dr. Burman almost four years thanks to former State Superintendent Dr. Richard Ross. I had approached Dr. Ross seeking help and support for Project MORE. The first idea and suggestion from Dr. Ross was that we had to meet with Dr. Burman. Within the first thirty minutes of the meeting, Dr. Burman not only understood the value of Project MORE, but she was also putting forth ideas of partnerships, resources, and other entities Project MORE might partner with. Dr. Burman introduced us to the RSVP statewide program for “Seniors”, which has provided us help securing several hundred “Senior” volunteer mentors for numerous Project MORE programs across Ohio.
Anyone who has met Dr. Burman would quickly realize what a wonderful professional and individual Bonnie is. There are many characteristics that come to my mind when I think about Dr. Burman. I have always been impressed and amazed regarding Dr. Burman’s contagious enthusiasm, her extremely high energy, her optimism, her caring and passionate personality, her honesty, and especially her support for Project MORE.
Thank You Dr. Burman for improving the “quality of life” for tens of thousands of Ohio citizens both young and those who are seniors. Thank you for your passion to help and to serve others. Thank you for believing in Project MORE. Your help has been crucial to our success.
Best wishes as you enter the next chapter of your life. If you have an extra thirty to sixty minutes a week, we have a Project MORE student who would like your help!
Jan Osborn, Director & the Project MORE team
Project MORE, Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence, is a evidence based reading research volunteer reading mentoring project for students with disabilities, that has demonstrated statistically significant reading results since 1999. Independent research findings consistently report students with specific learning disabilities make month for month reading level gains when they are 1:1 reading mentored four times/week for 30 minutes. Project MORE, formerly funded by the Ohio Department of Education is a non profit program that must rely on fees for services and private donations in order to complete our goal of every child with a reading deficit will learn to read.