After two years of gathering virtually, the McLean Board of Visitors came together in person on May 3, 2023, for the group’s annual meeting. For many, it was a reunion of sorts—old friends getting reacquainted after a prolonged absence and new members introducing themselves and forming connections.
Long-time supporters and Board of Visitors’ members Liz Brooking and Laura Weissman Davis lent their ideas during the planning process to ensure a format that would foster more ways to connect personally with others in the group.
“Our annual meeting enables us to get to know one another on a more personal level,” said Davis. “Each of us has a story to tell, and talking about mental illness can help make us feel less alone when we or someone we love is affected.”
Brooking agreed. “The camaraderie and bonds facilitated by this group have encouraged both of us to engage on a different level with McLean and the Board of Visitors community,” she said.
“Connecting with others who share our personal experience and goals only moves me to want to do more to support the quality mental health care and research at McLean.”
For veteran board member Brian Hyde and his partner, Joe Fiorello, the day was a welcome relief from Zoom. They were among the many who participated in an informal lunch and conversation before the day’s agenda kicked in.
“We’ve been attending this meeting for years and it never disappoints,” said Hyde. “It was great to be back on campus and to feel the palpable enthusiasm of the group.”
“We always learn so much,” added Fiorello.