PEABODY, Mass. – The Massachusetts National Guard Family Program held a retirement party for their director, mentor and friend, Maureen Serrecchia at Spinelli’s Catering, here, Jan. 25, 2014.
Maureen worked for the Mass. Guard as a civilian employee for 23 years, serving the last 18 as the program’s director.
Many of the people whose lives were touched by Maureen attended her party not to say goodbye, but to wish her a happy retirement.
Unable to attend the party due to mission requirements, Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard sent a video recorded message. In it rice said, “You’ve left a mark on our agency that will not be forgotten.” Continuing to thank Maureen for contribution to the Guard Rice said, “We’d like to say we’ll miss you, but really we won’t because you’re still here every day as you have been in the past, and will be in the future for a long, long time.”
Some of the people who worked with Maureen addressed the audience at the party with stories of how Maureen motivated them, mentored them, and made them laugh.
Sharing what brought her to serve with the Guard Maureen said, “When my children were all old enough to be in school I decided to go back to work. That’s when my husband Joe told me not to get a job, but to get a career. And so that’s what I did in the National Guard with Family Programs. I was able to learn and grow with the program by doing meaningful work with people who wanted to make a difference.”
Coleman Nee, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services, attended the party and along with Adam Freudberg, Massachusetts Military Task Force, presented Maureen with a certificate on behalf of Governor Deval Patrick for her service to Massachusetts military families.
Some of the Gold Star Families whose lives were touched by Maureen attended the party and shared the impact she had on their lives.