It is bittersweet to share that Lynn Yarmey, Director of Community Development for RDA/US and Secretariat Lead for Group Management, after over 3 years of service is moving on to her next endeavour with the City of Boulder in Colorado, USA.
Lynn came to RDA from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center and it was her grounding in the data community that allowed her to identify problems and find solutions, mapping complex details to a clear big picture vision and back again. For all of you that have interacted with Lynn, you will no doubt appreciate her incredible talent and skill at bridging people, data, and technology to connect communities and build consensus. She spent countless hours supporting RDA - the business of RDA - so that you could focus on the critical and necessary work of RDA.
You, the community, lose a leader, a manager, a person who always, always flew your flag, who always had your best interests at heart. A tireless community builder who drove at times but almost always was followed due to her honest passion and dedication.
Lynn’s departure will be a huge loss to me and to the Secretariat as well. I have always relied on her, know she understands the mechanisms, nuances, intricacies of our beautiful community and I was always able to ask for and receive truthful and honest contributions and feedback on all things RDA. The Secretariat loses a pillar, a rock, a leader and it will be very deeply felt. We will miss you so so much.
On the other hand, I am really delighted for Lynn. A whole new chapter, a whole new adventure in her life. New beginnings are always exciting and daunting but she will, as she has in RDA, totally rock this one. I only hope the City of Boulder knows how truly lucky they are!
Thank you so much Lynn and the very best of luck for the future.
If you would like to share your well-wishes with Lynn, as a virtual organization, we have a virtual card here (Note that email address is not required). Lynn’s last day with us will be Friday, August 16.