Team Member Suzette Molina Looks Back and Steps Forward

September 07, 2018
Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Eden Alternative

Principle Nine of The Eden Alternative teaches us that we never stop growing and becoming. I reach out to you today to share how one member of the Eden Alternative Home Office Team will continue to grow.  As you’ll read in her own words below, Suzette Molina, Eden Registry and Community Liaison, is venturing out on her own to start her counseling practice at the end of this year.  While we are selfishly very saddened by this news, we are thrilled for Suzette and for the people she will impact in her new role.  With Suzette’s help, we will be evaluating the Eden Registry and Community Liaison position and what skills and experience we need when we add a new person to the team.  Suzette has been an incredible team member, and I know how important she has been to all of you.  Please join me in congratulating her on reaching toward her dreams in this next phase of her life.  She shares:

Dear Friends,

What a difficult letter this is to write!

After being with The Eden Alternative for almost 12 years, I’m moving on to pursue my second wind career and to be a care partner to my parents at the end of this year.  I am starting my own counseling practice – something that has always been a goal for me.

The Eden Alternative has been my passion and my purpose.  It has impacted me in countless ways.  As I contemplate my departure these thoughts come to mind: 

  • Everything I know about aging, I learned from The Eden Alternative
  • I learned that being a care partner means that you are just that… a partner
  • I have learned that words create worlds and how easily one word a can change how you feel
  • I have literally talked with thousands of people from all over the world – people who have the biggest hearts imaginable
  • I have learned how to apply the Eden Alternative Ten Principles in my own home
  • I have learned that it takes relationships to create well-being
  • I have learned that I am in Adulthood, and if I am lucky, I will enter into Elderhood
  • I have learned that being busy is not nearly as fun as simply being
  • I have attended six Eden Alternative International Conferences and loved every second of each one of them
  • I have made forever friends that will remain in my life boat until the dawn of time

As I like to say, “I bleed green!” and I will continue my Eden journey through care partnership and working with Elders and families in my practice.  In the words of the great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Thank you all for being a part of my life!


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Suzette you have been such an inspiring individual throughout this journey we are on. I will forever be grateful for all you have done for so many and I will always hear your amazing words of encouragement and excitement in everything you !! Thank you my friend and I will keep in touch!! Best of wishes to you and your loved ones!! BIG HUGS!!


Best wishes to you, Suzette, as you enter the next opportunity in life! I’m certain you will serve those you touch in a special way.


You are going to be missed.


Wow, Suzette ~ I love your sweet good-bye … just as I have appreciated each of your emails to me and in response to my outreach to you. Your beautiful transition to care partner with an income and soul-stimulator second career speaks to how you have incorporated the Eden Alternative blend of self care and care partnering. You have helped put Eden Alternative on the map, and to be sure, the messages of Eden are now central in public discourse.

We are super grateful to you, Suzette — and send every best wish with you ~



Hi Suzette! Back in those early days of Eden when we worked together in Wimberely Texas, I remember you talking about getting your degree in counseling. I’m so happy for you to be venturing out! I’ll always remember how much fun it was working with you! Much love to you, my friend. Ann


Suzette it has been truly a joy to work with you! Thank you for your leadership and inspiration! You have made a big difference in the lives of others and your new journey will allow you to keep doing so! Thank you so much!

Mark Lowell and the Care Partners at St George Village, Roswell, Ga.


Suzette, I am sad but also glad for you. I have learned a lot from you, thank you. You are still welcome to visit South Africa!


Congratulations on your new journey!

Christopher Perna
September 28, 2018 1:13 pm

Suzette, congratulations and well wishes for you as you undertake the next chapter in your life journey. I had the pleasure of watching you grow for 8 years in your role at The Eden Alternative, and I’m sure that success awaits you in all your future endeavors. My prayers are with you!


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