Thursday September 11, 2003

Resnick to Retire From Oswego County Opportunities

Executive Director built agency into a major employer.
By Dola L. Deloff

    Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), a private not-for-profit human services agency, will soon be searching for a new leader. Janette Resnick, who has been the executive director for 16 of the nearly 30 years she has been with the agency, recently announced that she will retire at the end of this year.

    ?This decision is made with mixed emotions but with confidence that OCO is well positioned to move ahead under new leadership and with board guidance,? Resnick said to the Board of Directors and OCO employees when she made her announcement. ?That confidence is a result of the quality leadership and support given to the organization from this board and the exceptional team of dedicated and caring employees.?

    In addition to her position as executive director, over her career at OCO Resnick has served as deputy executive director, director of head start and director of family planning.

    ?I decided it was time,? Resnick said of her retirement. ?The agency is in good shape. I?m confident of the staff?s ability to run the day-to-day operations until a replacement is found.? The executive committee of the board of directors will search for the new executive director, Resnick said, and will most likely hire a consultant.

    Although Resnick?s husband Sandy retired from SUNY-Oswego last year, she won?t exactly be following his footsteps. ?He?s working part-time,? she said. ?I see myself getting involved in more community activities. I want some flexibility.?

    Resnick was recently named chairperson of the Board of Pathfinder Bank.

    ?My roots are seven generations deep in this community,? Resnick said. ?I would like to see it continue as a nurturing, productive and hospitable environment for future generations.?

    Resnick considers OCO a successful organization but does not give herself the credit. ?It?s a team effort around here,? she said. ?We as a group are able to respond to the needs of the community.?

    The OCO staff had honored Resnick when they dedicated the newly constructed OCO administrative office building in 1998 to her. OCO also honored Resnick in 1985 by naming her recipient of the Amelia Whelahan Employee?s Distinguished Merit Award. In addition, she received the Oswego Chapter of Zonta International 1995 Woman of Achievement Award.

    One part of her job that Resnick liked the most, she said, was seeing how what OCO did for people in the community helped them to grow. ?It?s exciting to see our efforts making a difference,? she said.

    A challenge facing the new executive director, Resnick said, are budgetary concerns. ?We are not a county agency,? she said, ?so we were not affected by the recent cuts the county made in its budget. Our funding is from the state and federal governments.?

    But because of the shrinking industrial base in Oswego County?Resnick cited the recent closures of Nestle and International Paper and the impending closing of Sonoco as examples?the services offered by OCO may be needed more than ever, she said. ?That, along with unfunded mandates and threats to national and local security, would be a challenge for anyone.?

    OCO sub-contracts many of its services. ?These could be threatened,? Resnick said. ?As other agencies and organizations are affected by economic slowdowns, tough decisions may be made.? An advantage that OCO has over other organizations, Resnick said, is its eligibility for state and federal grants.

    Resnick?s advice to her successor is that he/she be open to opportunities. ?Don?t forget that the people that support you are the ones making the difference,? she said.

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