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WHEREAS, Jane Gruner has devoted 38 years of exceptional, committed service to the State of Nevada serving our most vulnerable citizens with care, competence, and genuine concern; and

WHEREAS, Jane Gruner began her career with the State of Nevada in January, 1978 as a Professional Teaching Parent assisting families and children to remain independent in their communities in safe and healthy families and, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she was a Mental Health Counselor at Sierra Regional Center for 14 years and helped individuals with intellectual disabilities to live independent and meaningful lives; and

WHEREAS, Jane Gruner was promoted to lead Sierra Regional Center and effected the closure of the Intermediate Care Facility by placing all individuals served into supported, integrated, community settings; and

WHEREAS, Jane Gruner was selected to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services Division and has provided strong and outstanding leadership while always demonstrating a commitment to ensuring that all of Nevada's citizens are able to lead lives with dignity, independence, and self-determination; and

WHEREAS, Jane's good humor, kindness, and fairness has more than once provided safe harbor to her colleagues and peers in times of high stress and concern; and her ability to communicate and look for the good in all those around her has created a positive working environment where advocating for those we serve has always been the top priority; and

WHEREAS, Jane will be especially missed by her Division as we strive to maintain her values, commitment, and kindness of spirit in even the most challenging circumstances; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada commends Jane on her outstanding tenure as a dedicated State employee with deep admiration for her many contributions which have benefited Nevadans; and joins her friends and colleagues in extending sincere appreciation to her for her years of service, with best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  August 12, 2016 as a day in honor of

 JANE GRUNER

 

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