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IrsthadtheopportunitytomeetAudreyPearsonin2005whenIinterviewedherforTheSpectatorforaproleofnewILABoardmembers.AfterspeakingwithMs.PearsonIknewtheBoardhadarealasset.Notonlywasshehumbleandgraciousshebroughttoherroleyearsofvaluableexperienceasanaccomplishedprofessionalinmentalhealthandsocialwork.ShecommendedILAforchanginglivesandgivingpeopletheopportunitytoliveafulllifeofpossibility.ShewasexcitedaboutbeingpartofanAgencywithsuchanoteworthymissionandvowedtobringalotofenergyandpassiontotheBoard.Andthatshedid.Ms.Pearsonwouldalwaysgreetpeoplewithawarmsmile.Shetookagenuineinterestinothersandwasextremelypersonable.SheshowedthatrsthandatseveralILAgolfoutings.AtoneoutingshebroughthermotherCamellia.WatchingtheminteractIcouldtelltheywerepartofaclose-knitfamily.AndsheinheritedhermotherslovelysmileAnexemplaryBoardmemberSpeakingatMs.PearsonswakeinJamaicaQueensonJanuary112014ILABoardChairmanMikeKasscommendedherfordedicatedservicetotheAgencyUsingherconsiderableskillsandexpertiseAudreyprovidedinvaluablehelpoverseeingoperationsandestablishingprogrampolicies.Mostnotablewashersinglehandedlycompletingastudythatshowedwaystosalvageandimproveamajorpartoftheprogramthatgreatlyneededimprovement.Shealsoservedononeofourmostimportantcommitteesthatcompletedthechallengingtaskofrestructuringpersonnelpoliciesforouremployees.Mr.KassspokefranklyaboutMs.Pearsonsstrengthandcourage.NotrevealinghowadvancedherillnesshadbecomeshetraveledfartoattendourlastBoardmeetingonlytwomonthsago.Andduringhertenurewithusdespitehavingaverybusyschedulesheattendedjustabouteverymeeting.ApathtohelpingothersMs.Pearsonseulogydetailshernotableachievementswhichstartedatayoungage.AnativeoftheBronxshegraduatedfromtheprestigiousBronxHighSchoolofSciencewithaNewYorkStateRegentsScholarship.WhilestudyingatWilberforceUniversityMs.PearsonsanginthechoirworkedtosupportherselfandmadetheDeansListbeforereceivingherB.A.in1969.ShethenattendedNewYorkUniversityonascholarshipgraduatingcumlaudewithaMastersofSocialWork.DuringherdistinguishedcareerMs.PearsonworkedforEdwinGouldServicesforChildrenandshewasaprogramcoordinatorforNewYorkCityHealthServicesAdministrationforPrisonMentalHealth.ShewasalsoCoordinatorforWashingtonHeightsMentalHealthCenterClinicDirectorofBedfordStuyvesantCommunityMentalHealthCenterandDeputyDirectorofCommunityServiceatKingsboroPsychiatricCenter.In1981Ms.PearsonbecameaSupervisoroftheNeighborhoodHelpCenterofQueensHospitalCenterwheresheretiredin2007asDirector.Ms.Pearsonopenedaprivatepracticeasacertiedclinicalsocialworkertakingonclientsregardlessofwhethertheycouldpay.AstaunchadvocateforthementallyillshewasamemberofAmnestyInternationalandtheNationalAssociationofSocialWorkers.AloveofsongMs.PearsonlovedtosingbelongingtoseveralchurchchoirsincludingSt.BonaventureSt.BenedicttheMoorSt.JosephandSt.ClementPope.ShealsosangfortheInterboroChoralSocietyandtheSisterTheaBowmanChoiramongothers.AudreywasatrulygiftedpersonwhowalkedamongthefewgenuinelyelitepeopleofthisworldMr.Kasssaid.MyfellowBoardmembersandIfeelprivilegedtohaveknownherandwillalwaysbegratefulforheroutstandingandunselsheffortstoimprovethequalityofthelivesofthespecialpeoplewhohavebeenplacedinourcare.Sheisirreplaceableandwillneverbeforgotten.Ms.PearsonissurvivedbyhersistersJeanThomasKathyRichandToyHollowayabrother-in-lawPeterHeadleyhernephewsWilliamHollowayTravisJohnsonandPeterThomashergrandniecesandgrandnephewsanddevotedcousinsandfriends.RememberingILABoardMemberAudreyPearsonMay251943January72014ByKellyKassContributingWriterWhatsInsideMessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorp.2StaffWatchAnnWelbeckp.3RememberingILABoardMemberAudreyPearsonp.4DirectCareCounselorsHonoredinBrooklynandStatenIslandp.6The2013ILADirectSupportProfessionalsHonoredatHopeAvenueand103ClintonAvenuep.7ILAScoresaHole-in-OnewithSeventhAnnualGolfOutingp.8ILAIndividualsEnjoyHolidayCheeronStatenIslandp.10StaffAppreciationAboundsatILAp.11DirectCareStaffReectontheirFavoriteILAMemoriesp.12VincentFauciHonoredinBrooklynp.14ILALosesTwoFriendsp.154