Meet a Board Member!
Turning Point is pleased to launch a Spotlight Series featuring the members of our wonderful Board of Directors! This week, we will begin by interviewing Board Member Carolyn Anthony --
Carolyn, how long have you been a Board member at Turning Point and what first inspired you to become involved at Turning Point?
I have served on the Board for approximately 12 years and was first inspired to become involved by my work at Skokie Public Library and my prior Board membership at NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital.
Could you tell us a little about your background?
I grew up in Pennsylvania, spent summers in Maine, and worked initially in Massachusetts and Maryland. We moved to Skokie when I got the job as Director of the Skokie Public Library and we made Skokie our home, raising two daughters here. We’ve now been in Skokie for 35 years.
What field have you worked in? Could you tell us a little about your work and professional history?
I have spent my career working in public libraries. To me, public libraries are not just places to find a good book or research a topic, but places to bring the community together around common interests, learning, and pursuit of community goals. Now retired from my position at Skokie Public Library, I continue to participate in community development through service with Turning Point, Skokie Valley Rotary Club, and the Skokie Community Foundation.
Any activities that have lifted your spirits during the pandemic?
I find my spirit lifted in listening to music, getting out in nature, doing yoga daily, reading, and connecting online with friends, our daughters, and three grandchildren.
Any book you've recently read or movie/TV show seen that you would recommend?
I would recommend the stories of Alice Munro, a good mystery by Louise Penny, or a Maine author Lily King (latest book is Writers and Lovers). A show we're enjoying is a British mystery called New Tricks.
What do you find most rewarding about serving on the Turning Point Board?
I like being a part of a highly effective organization that is making a difference in people's lives by adapting to meet changing community needs.
Anything else you would like to share with our community, Carolyn?
Know that we are all in this together and tomorrow is a new day!
(Photo by Genie Lemieux-Jordan)
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ABOUT TURNING POINT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE CENTER, established in 1969, is a non-profit outpatient mental health center, serving children and adults, with a mission to provide “solid support, when you need it most.” Each year, Turning Point serves approximately 1,300 children and adults from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, approximately 90% of whom are low income. Located in Skokie and recognized as a leader in innovation and community support, Turning Point was honored with the 2017 Excellence in Mental Health Award from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, the 2015 Impact Award for Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management from the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the 2017 Public Health Partners of Excellence Award from the Skokie Health Department and Board of Health, in recognition of exceptional contributions to the health of Skokie.