In 13 years, Kate Trompetter advanced through Center for Human Services from a project specialist in the Youth Services department to Director of Development and Communications. As she moves on to her new coaching career, she shares her reflections.

One thing I’ve appreciated so much about CHS is how diligent people are about tending to the culture.

We are now about three times bigger than when I started, but what it feels like to work at CHS is pretty much the same: caring, innovative, empowering.

I’ve continued to work here because of the people. Cindy Duenas and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team have raised me in so many ways. I’ve always felt invested in. And I have some of the best, strongest, most lovely friends in my co-workers that I’ve ever known. Good humans work at CHS.

Very rarely in my life have I had an experience that so explicitly invites me to feel both sad and happy at the same time. That’s how I feel when I think about the last 13 years. It’s like the most mature and caring kind of break-up. I’ve loved, I’ve been loved back, and now it’s time for something new and exciting. I wouldn’t change a thing.

One of my fondest memories is from a Halloween when I dressed up like David Collins. It was both hysterical and a tribute to how crazy I am about him. Also, any of the retreats with the Senior Leadership Team. Rarely have I laughed and learned so much in just a few days.

I’ve learned that life is about trusting your instincts, focusing on where you have influence, taking chances and learning from the past. Everything about my new career is about those things. CHS prepared me for this in every way and I am celebrating these changes. It’s part of my nature and it’s been modeled for me
during my time at CHS.

Moving forward, I’ll continue to work with CHS as a contractor. I am exhilarated and excited to work as a coach for systems and organizations in Stanislaus County. All of the folks I’m preparing to work with I’m very proud to be aligned with. I have so much to look forward to.

I’m also excited to watch my bonus kids continue to launch their adult lives. I’m so looking forward to my daughter starting kindergarten. My husband, Dave, and I have so much to look forward to.

Kater Trompetter
Former Director of Development & Communications
Center for Human Services