Julie Tennis approached her first meeting with Denise Buck with trepidation. It was 2015 and Buck had just been hired as PEI’s new Operations and Program Director. As one of a handful of PEI staff, Tennis would be working closely with her to develop programming in the coastal region. Driving to their appointed meeting spot in Jefferson County, Tennis was plagued by mental ‘what ifs.’ “I have had very few great bosses,” she explains, “and so I was really nervous.”
It quickly became apparent to Tennis that her concerns were unnecessary.