Randi Woods, MS, MBA, RN

A letter from STAR’s New-ish CEO

Dear STAR Community,

I am honored and thrilled to connect directly with you as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc. (STAR). I am here as a nurse, a business leader, an educator, and most importantly, a member of this incredible community.

With a background in nursing, business administration, and education, I bring a unique set of skills to the table. I have been a faculty member at the renowned Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, shaping the future of healthcare professionals. I have led my own consulting firm, The Art of Healthcare, empowering practitioners to serve with cultural humility. Now, I am here to leverage this rich tapestry of experiences to elevate STAR to new heights.

As some of you may know, STAR was founded by my mother 30 years ago during the peak of the HIV epidemic. It has been a beacon of hope and support for our community ever since. Now, it is my privilege to lead STAR into its next chapter, building upon the legacy my mother started and incorporating my own experiences and vision.

I am particularly excited to share with you our recent accomplishment – the completion of our first official cohort of Community Health Workers (CHWs). These dedicated individuals have received training from our newly accredited CHW curriculum, marking a significant step forward in our mission to elevate the standards of care within our community.

What makes this achievement even more special is our unwavering dedication to not only the health but also the economic well-being of our CHWs. As part of our commitment to creating economic advancement opportunities, we are actively working to ensure that our CHWs are not only well-trained but also equipped with the tools they need for professional growth and financial stability.

The completion of this cohort is just the beginning. We are laying the foundation for a sustainable and impactful workforce development program that not only transforms healthcare delivery but also opens doors for economic empowerment. This program is a testament to our belief that by investing in our community’s health and the individuals who serve as the backbone of our care network, we can create lasting positive change.

I invite each and every one of you to join me in this exciting journey as we embark on STAR’s next chapter. Together, we will continue to be a source of strength, support, and inspiration for our community. Your participation and engagement are crucial as we work towards positive transformation and lasting change.

Thank you for welcoming me into the STAR family. I am eager to learn from each of you, share our successes, and collectively shape a brighter future for STAR and the community we proudly serve.

If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to connect, please feel free to reach out through info@sisterstogetherandreaching.org. We welcome your thoughts and look forward to working together to make a positive impact on our community.

With gratitude,

Randi Woods