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Meet Gary Yuhas, LifePath's New Executive Director

Gary YuhasGary YuhasMy name is Gary Yuhas, and I am honored and excited to join the LifePath team!

We moved here from St. Louis, where we lived for about five years. I was recruited there to be the Director of Clinical Operations for the Washington University in St. Louis Department of Pediatrics, and was subsequently promoted to Executive Director of Business Affairs and Strategic Planning of that department, and continued working for that organization remotely after leaving the area.

Prior to those roles, I had never lived outside of western Pennsylvania. There, I spent 13 years in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system, holding various management and leadership roles, spending time in finance, operations, mergers and acquisitions, a disease-based startup, hospital administration and other domains.

I grew up in a very rural area, and over the last decade helped my grandparents to age and die in place in that same area. I recognized the many challenges they experienced and saw so many ways that things could have been different or better for them and us if more guidance and support services were available. Those experiences have shaped how I approach my work and have created a deep understanding of the importance of everything that LifePath does.

Because we were both looking for a life change, we decided to move to New England two years ago and could not be happier with our decision. You’ve heard about folks who buy a house on the internet having never stepped foot in the area, or even the state? Who does that? Well, us; we are living proof that those folks exist! Our leap of faith brought us to Brattleboro, VT, in 2021. I live there with my husband Bob and dogs Stanley and Rosie. Bob works for a mental health provider, serving clients in southern Vermont. New England feels perfect for us, and we have been surrounded by a welcoming and supportive group of new friends, a vibrant and artistic community, wonderful professional and volunteer opportunities and a sense of calm and peace that we haven’t felt elsewhere. And, we never tire of the limitless joys of nature here!

I am a car enthusiast, and I also enjoy cooking and baking, gardening, and traveling. Calling our home a “fixer-upper” would be kind and generous, so much of my free time is spent working on many (so, so many) simultaneous house projects. I look at our house as a metaphor for my professional life. Almost everything takes more thought, time and energy than it appears on the surface, but when you step away for a moment and return, you are reminded of the value of the work and know that it was all worth it.

I very much look forward to meeting the many remarkable, dedicated and caring volunteers, staff members, board members, community partners and other individuals who make LifePath the commendable organization that it is.