That’s how Noel Sullivan, president and CEO of Pine Tree Society describes Robin Galleher, MSPA-A, CCC-A.
Robin has been the Director of Audiology at Pine Tree Society since 1999. This October, she is retiring after 21 years of service.
“Robin built Pine Tree Society’s Audiology Department into what it is today: a premier provider of audiologic services,” Noel said. “She enjoys getting to know her clients and understanding their needs. The audiology program she developed blends the highest standard of audiologic care with comprehensive education; allowing each client to find the right solution for their hearing loss.”
Robin has been an audiologist for 41 years and has a diverse background.
“My first job was working with people with developmental disabilities. I then worked at a hospital for many years with my husband, who is also an audiologist,” she recalled. “When I first started at Pine Tree Society, the audiology program had been successfully operating for some time and they were looking for new ways to grow the program. There was a true need in the community and there was a lot of room for growth. I’m proud of what we’ve done and what I’ve accomplished. I’m glad I chose to become an audiologist.”
As past president of the Maine Academy of Audiology, Robin worked to enrich and improve audiology in the state of Maine by helping organize statewide conferences featuring leading experts in the field.
“In the 19 years I have known Robin, I have always been impressed by the thoughtfulness she brings to her work,” said Terry Berkowitz, Chief Operations Officer of Pine Tree Society.
Robin brought that same care and thoughtfulness to her succession planning. In 2017, when recruiting for an opening in the audiology program, Robin was looking for her successor. After a careful search, Rich Bothfeld, Au.D. CCC-A, F-AAA was selected to join the team.
Upon Robin’s retirement, Rich will become Pine Tree Society’s new Director of Audiology.
“Rich believes in the mission, vision and values of Pine Tree Society,” Robin said. “I am confident he will continue to put the needs of our clients first and successfully grow the program.”
Rich looks forward to the challenge and to the opportunity to build upon Robin’s legacy.
“Even though the field of audiology is ever changing, the core of the department that Robin both professionally and personally worked so hard to create, will not only carry Pine Tree Society’s audiology department into the future, but allow it to grow and flourish to provide the best audiologic care to the residents of Mid-Coast Maine,” he said.