Congratulations to Potomac Health Foundation Board Member, Dr. Sarah Pitkin, for being named one of Prince William Living Magazine’s Most Influential Women of 2019!
Below is the excerpt from Prince William Living Magazine praising Dr. Pitkin for all that she does in PWC:
Caring for Others: Sarah Pitkin
Longtime Prince William resident Sarah Pitkin may have left the region to pursue her education, but her heart has always remained in Prince William.
“I was in the first four-year class at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Back then it was a long-distance phone call for us to call friends who lived in Fairfax County,” she said. “When I went away to college, I was the kid who would call home and ask how to get home because, truly, the roads in Prince William County were changing so fast.”
She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s in education from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate from Kent State University. During a summer in college working at Camp Tapawingo, she found her calling: supporting and advocating for people with disabilities. After 10
years away, she came home to join the family business, Pitkin’s Home Center, and continued supporting people with disabilities at work and as a volunteer.
“We hire people based on what they can do, not what they can’t do,” she said. “When the challenges we face every day are met with a bit of compassion and consideration, everyone benefits.”
With that mission, she has taken on leadership roles with a few local nonprofits. She is the board treasurer of Didlake Inc., which works with people with disabilities of all types to “create opportunities for persons with disabilities” by finding them employment. She is the board secretary of The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, an agency that provides day care, recreation, therapeutic services, employment services (including Spin-a-Web weaving shop in Occoquan) and residential services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. She is a member of the Potomac Health Foundation board of directors, which annually provides local nonprofits approximately $5 million in funds that are used for community health purposes. She is also board president of the Virginia Retail Merchants Association, treasurer of the Pennington Traditional School and a 2011 graduate of Leadership Prince William.
“Sarah devotes countless hours to community service,” said her husband and nominator Jason Hickman. “She has made me a better person because of all that she does for me, for our kids, and for the community. She does this without ever seeking any recognition. She does it because of who she is.”
To read more about the other amazing women named
Prince William Living Magazine’s Most Influential Women of 2019 follow this link: https://princewilliamliving.com/prince-william-living-magazines-most-influential-women-of-2019/