Gonzales-Hanson resigns from CHDI after three decades

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Rachel Gonzales-Hanson has dedicated 36 years of her life to Community Health Development Inc. Now, after 33 years as the agency’s chief executive officer, she is stepping down to spend quality time with family.

Gonzales-Hanson said the board of directors accepted her resignation in April. She will remain with the department until a replacement is found, and throughout the new CEO’s transition period.

“They are expecting a transition time, and I plan on giving them that,” Gonzales-Hanson said, noting that she would also like to see CHDI through several upcoming projects, including the addition of three more operatories to the oral health department and the integration of the behavioral health department with the medical department.

Gonzales-Hanson said she puts in 12-13 hour work days, but it has never felt like a burden as CHDI is her passion. CHDI started off in 1983 with a budget of $400,000 and three employees. This year, the department has a budget of more than $10 million and supports 120 employees.

“This wasn’t an easy decision. I prayed about it. But I am firm believer that God leads us to the right path, we just have to know to take it,” she said, noting that she is looking forward to spending quality time with her husband, retired Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Jimmy Hanson.


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