Friends and Colleagues,
Change is never easy, but almost always good. In September of this year, I began a transition plan that will bring to an end one of my proudest and most rewarding opportunities–Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services (CARS) an Academic Affiliate of UConn School of Medicine. The change is effective December 23, 2022.
My career in fertility has been both challenging and rewarding. To get up every day and know I was part of making the kind of difference in people’s lives that only comes through the gift of family was fulfilling and humbling. The heart of CARS is the patients. Always has been. Always will be.
The culture of CARS has always attracted and retained outstanding employees whom I have been privileged to lead and serve. I will miss them all, but treasure what we accomplished together. This is a move I have been personally contemplating for the past few years, but COVID and the challenge of filling this role kept pushing my timeline out.
Earlier this year a person who I would describe as the perfect candidate materialized and we jumped on the opportunity to recruit him. Brian Miller, PhD is a long-term colleague and friend of CARS with over 20 years’ experience in the fertility field. His talent and skill combined with an intimate understanding of the CARS culture make him a perfect fit. I am happy to share Brian and I have been working together since September and will continue to do so through the end of the year. CARS will have the support of Brian and I, the MD and Management Teams, and our management partner First Fertility to make certain this is a seamless, successful transition.
Many of you have inquired about my next step. For the short-term (Q1, 2023), I will be taking on a part time, consultative/project-based role with First Fertility, CARS’s management company. Beyond that, I am leaving open at least for now.
My life has been immeasurably enriched by my 23 years at CARS. This is a very positive step for me at this time in my life and most importantly secures the long-term administrative leadership of CARS. I am gratified to have been supported and mentored by so many talented and generous people. And I am especially grateful to have had a part of being able to inspire many, many people with hope and help them fulfill their dreams of building families.
Paul Verrastro, CEO