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Healthy Respect Media Release

Transition at Healthy Respect

November 6, 2008

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Last month, after prayer and careful deliberation, I decided to resign my position as Chief Executive Officer in order to pursue other opportunities to promote the Culture of Life. I will continue to serve Healthy Respect in a volunteer capacity on our board of directors. It has been my privilege to help build this character-based abstinence education program from the ground up over the past eight years, and I remain fully committed to building community support and raising funds so that we can help more students develop the skills they need to establish and maintain healthy marriages.

At my strong recommendation, our board has appointed Dr. Nanci Coppola as our new Executive Director. Dr. Coppola has served as our Director of Curriculum for the past three years, and is eminently qualified to take on this position. She is the co-author of several peer review journal articles and has a demonstrated commitment to quality programming, evaluation and research. She has been instrumental in securing the program's selection, from a very competitive field, to participate in a cross-site evaluation designed to help identify "best practices" for abstinence programs nationwide.

Clearly, the abstinence movement will face new challenges in the months ahead. Yet if we can draw any lessons from the recent past, these challenges will only help to strengthen the quality and impact of our efforts to reach those most in need.

I ask for your prayers as I open an exciting new chapter in my own life.

Yours for Life,

John P. Margand, Esq.


About Healthy Respect:

The Healthy Respect curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 is designed to guide young people in making good choices and set them on a safe course toward success. With age-appropriate lessons, it engenders healthy perspectives regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and promotes abstinence in preparation for marriage by illustrating the power and delicacy of the human reproductive system, while fostering attitudes of self-respect and self-control.

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