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Rachel Myslivy

An Anniversary, An End, and A Beginning: Rachel's Farewell

5 years ago | Jul 19, 2016
By: Rachel Myslivy, Program Director

This Saturday marked my four year anniversary with CEP.  It was a day filled with complex emotions.  At the end of this week, I will make the shift from CEP’s Assistant Director to a member of the CEP Board of Directors.  At the end of this month, I will begin life in an exciting new role with a new organization.  It’s a lot of change in a short amount of time!  Thankfully, after all these years at CEP, I’m pretty accustomed to rapid change and adaptation.  It is in that spirit of resilience that I am now saying both, "Goodbye!” as Assistant Director and "Hello!” as a new board member.   I’m also going to make one final donation pitch as the Assistant Director.  Did I do a good job all these years?  Have you appreciated my work, my regular blogs, or my fantastic sense of humor (haha)?   Help me celebrate my anniversary with CEP and my transition to the board with a meaningful donation to continue the good work of this great organization.  

After four years with CEP, my commitment to the mission and programs of the organization is still strong and vibrant, and I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished. In that time, we have crafted many new programs, my favorite (of course) being Water + Energy Progress.  When no one else was talking about the nexus of water and energy in Kansas, CEP bopped along with our familiar positive vibe, focusing on outstanding farmers and ranchers who are leading the way in agricultural innovations to save water and energy.  Through that project, I met some of the most amazing people and learned a lifetime’s worth about diverse agricultural practices, climate resilience, and adaptation. It is one of many examples of CEP’s unique approach to affecting positive change in Kansas.  Did you like this program?

Make a donation to let me know how much you liked WEP!


Working with CEP changed the way I think about building relationships with diverse stakeholders and finding common ground by presenting balanced facts and focusing on solutions.  From our outreach at the state fair, advocacy days at the capitol, presentations on national stages, and one on one conversations with friends and neighbors, working with CEP has easily been the most rewarding position I have ever had.  

Give a shout out for all the outstanding grassroots organizing CEP has done in the past four years and since the beginning!  Send a couple of bucks this way in appreciation!

I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting and working with some of the finest people around (Cassi, Olga, Dorothy, and all of you!).  The hardest part is leaving my stellar co-workers and all of CEP’s collaborators.  Dorothy has been an excellent employer, colleague, and mentor for all these years, but that’s not the half of it.  Dorothy works harder than anyone I have ever met.  I have the utmost respect and admiration for unflinching will, determination, and commitment to clean energy  - and to Kansas. 


You should thank Dorothy every time you see her.  (do so today with a solid donation to CEP!)

I can say without hesitation that CEP is the most impactful nonprofit in Kansas.  I challenge each and every one of you reading this today to learn more about CEP.  

I encourage you to donate to support the work of the Climate + Energy Project, because I know that the good work will continue long after I’m gone.  

What’s next for me?  I have accepted a position as the Double Up Food Bucks Coordinator for Northeast Kansas with Douglas County. The new position will allow me to work directly with lower income individuals and local farmers to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, improving local economies and public health while working on food justice issues.  I’m incredibly excited about the new opportunities this position will present.  

This isn’t the last you’ll hear of me.  I’m eager to continue supporting CEP as a part of the board.  I hope to give you updates periodically on the work of the board and ways you can personally make a difference by supporting CEP.  


Thanks for everything, you amazing CEP supporters.  You're world class!

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