Congratulations on your Retirement: Meredith’s Reflection on 15 Years of Service

Congratulations on your Retirement: Meredith’s Reflection on 15 Years of Service

Meredith Zinn, RN
Nurse Advocate Manager

As I prepare for retirement and reflect on my nearly 16 years here at Manatee County, I realize they have been the best of my career. I have met wonderful people who have graciously accepted our help and guidance as they faced numerous medical conditions and navigated the maze of medical care. I have shared in the success of our members who have overcome many illnesses and injuries. I have also shared in the losses with many of our Manatee County families over the years as well; that has been the most heartbreaking part of this job.

I feel we in the Manatee YourChoice office are very fortunate to be part of the Health Plan which has grown exponentially in my years here. I remember how excited we were when the fitness center opened many years ago, and have witnessed how it has grown over time, offering more and more each year. We have very innovative and creative people who strive to offer programs and support to members to enhance their personal wellbeing, and I have been proud to be a part of it all these years.

I have had wonderful people in my department and we shared many laughs, tears and chocolate! There was Charmaine, who taught me so much, then Alice, Vicky, Chris, Barbara, Robyn, Esther and now Alison, Ibrahim and Debbie. Debbie will be taking my place as the Supervisor of Clinical Services division of the Plan and she will be a fabulous fit. She embraces the intent of Health Plan and all the wonderful things that make it so unique and she, Alison and Ibrahim make a great team!

It is time for me to move to semi-retirement in Punta Gorda. I love the quiet, slow pace of this adorable little town. I have been commuting for 4 years and I know nearly every bump on I-75! It is time to say goodbye and I know you will be in good hands going forward. My last day will be Thursday, April 25th. It truly has been a great time!

Comments (36)

  • Melody


    09 April 2019 at 06:56 | #

    I’m so excited and happy for you as you embark on a new chapter but so sad to see you leave! I have relied on you both professionally AND personally and it will not be the same without you! You’re great at what you do - a tough cookie when you need to be with a loving , caring heart - I know you’ll be missed by many!


  • Peggy Hines

    Peggy Hines

    09 April 2019 at 07:15 | #

    Meredith, thank you for all your help and guidance over the years.
    Enjoy your well deserved retirement!
    You will be missed by many.


  • Carla Popp

    Carla Popp

    09 April 2019 at 07:39 | #

    Meredith, I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. On my cell phone anytime it rings and its from the county your name comes up.. So happy for you.. I'm in the drop so I have another 30 months to go. Can't wait.. Will have 33 years in. You have a great retirement be safe and happy days are coming for you..


  • Carla P

    Carla P

    09 April 2019 at 07:50 | #

    Meredith, you have always been my "go to" person all of these years. I have always felt so comfortable talking and sharing with you, to get your "take" on things (when you could) and you gained my trust from early on. You have been so open and honest each time and hubby and I are so grateful to you! We have "done life" together. You will be sorely missed in Manatee County. Enjoy your new path in life. God bless you!


  • Gregory Kerns

    Gregory Kerns

    09 April 2019 at 07:57 | #

    Thanks for all the helpful advice you have given me. I will miss you.


  • Bonnie Sietman

    Bonnie Sietman

    09 April 2019 at 08:05 | #

    Congratulations!! Thank you for your support over the years, you were always my first telephone call. Enjoy your retirement!!


  • Marianne


    09 April 2019 at 08:11 | #

    Congratulations, Meredith, and happy retirement! Your work to assist employees has always surpassed expectations. This program at MYC is an invaluable resource to members and I've appreciated tapping into the knowledge and experience of you and your colleagues. Best of luck in your future endeavors!


  • Nanette Eubanks

    Nanette Eubanks

    09 April 2019 at 08:16 | #

    You will be missed but I am so very happy for you, ENJOY!!!!!


  • Gwennie


    09 April 2019 at 08:19 | #

    Meredith, I wish you a wonderful retirement!! Thank you for caring and always checking in on me to see how I was doing. You will be missed. Have fun, relax and enjoy!!!


  • WendyK


    09 April 2019 at 08:19 | #

    Meredith - you have been such a blessing to me and to my family. I first heard of you through my sister and the blessing that you were to her and Andy as they went through his health issues. You were the "rock" that they needed - the rock that we all needed at that time. Thank you for your caring. Enjoy your retirement. You certainly deserve the best of everything.


  • Michelle P

    Michelle P

    09 April 2019 at 08:22 | #

    Congratulations Meredith on your Retirement !! So excited for you, however, deeply sad you are leaving here. Thank you for all your support and compassion, it takes special people to do your job and you are the best !! I wish you health and happiness in your retirement.


  • Kelli P

    Kelli P

    09 April 2019 at 08:31 | #

    Meredith, you were (and still are) more than just a co-worker and friend to me, you were that constant energy and positive force that I needed when cancer took my beautiful mother. It takes a very special and strong person to do your kind of work and for that I am and always will be eternally grateful. May your new journey ahead be filled with good things.


  • Janice Best

    Janice Best

    09 April 2019 at 08:37 | #

    Meredith, I can't begin to thank you enough for all the medical advice and encouragement you have given to me, mingled with a sincere heartfelt commitment to all. The exemplary road that you have traveled and leave behind has set you apart, and a hard act to follow I might add. You have given so much to so many and will not be forgotten. I wish you a very happy retirement and good health!


  • Debbie B

    Debbie B

    09 April 2019 at 08:42 | #

    Thanks for everything you have done for us and especially, Bryce. Every test we needed to get authorized, even those requested last minute, you helped us get them done. Always there when we needed to chat about whatever going on, the whole group there - you are the best! Enjoy your semi-retirement :-)


  • Tamie Langman

    Tamie Langman

    09 April 2019 at 08:46 | #

    You've truly blessed us and touched all of our lives in so many ways!!! I'm going to miss that beautiful smile and being able to pick up the phone and call you for answers! You deserve your retirement and I hope that it is filled with laughter and joy. Please keep in touch. You will be missed greatly xoxo


  • Sharon Granberg

    Sharon Granberg

    09 April 2019 at 08:48 | #

    Congratulations on your retirement, Meredith!! And just to reflect, I want to say that I don't know what I would have done without you and Robyn's support and guidance through a very difficult time in my life. You both will always be in my heart and mind forever. I truly wish you the very best in your next chapter of life.


  • Kim


    09 April 2019 at 08:55 | #

    You have been an integral part of our mission at the health plan and your presence and impact will be terribly missed. You have made a difference in the lives of so many people and for that you should be so proud. You have been my biggest cheerleader and I thank you for your ongoing support. I will miss you and your wild ways, but am so happy for your next journey!


  • Janet Bodner

    Janet Bodner

    09 April 2019 at 08:57 | #

    Meredith, my colleague and friend. We have been through so much together. So many memories both happy and sad. So many conversations about life and work. I will miss you dearly but I am so excited for you as you start your SEMI retirement. The office will never be quite the same. Your laughter was infectious, your professional expertise undeniable and your friendship not replaceable. Good luck my friend. Many happy days are before you. Enjoy!!!


  • Bobbi Roy

    Bobbi Roy

    09 April 2019 at 09:50 | #

    I am so happy for your and my entire family offers our Congratulations. Thank you so much for all the help you have given my entire family over the years. It really has been a joy to get to know you. Good Luck and Happy Retirement.


  • Diana Hughes

    Diana Hughes

    09 April 2019 at 10:04 | #

    Congratulations and well deserved! You will be greatly missed! What a great town to get to retire in too! Enjoy!!!


  • Bridget Haymond

    Bridget Haymond

    09 April 2019 at 10:19 | #

    Congratulations on your retirement Meredith! It has always been a pleasure to work with you and I will truly miss you. Wishing you health and happiness as you enter this new phase of life.


  • Sheila Parker

    Sheila Parker

    09 April 2019 at 10:55 | #

    Having retired from the County in January, I can say retirement is awesome and has lots of benefits.


  • Paula


    09 April 2019 at 12:50 | #

    Congratulations Meredith, wow seems like it was just yesterday when you guys were up on the 8th floor of the Administration Building. I'm sure going to miss your beautiful smile, and sweet voice when talking to you on the phone. You have helped me a lot during my difficult time and assured me that everything will ok. You will be missed. Enjoy this new chapter of your life.


  • Michelle Coffey

    Michelle Coffey

    09 April 2019 at 13:16 | #

    It's been great to work with you Meredith!! Wishing you all the best in this next exciting part of your journey!! Enjoy!!


  • Teree Sutton

    Teree Sutton

    09 April 2019 at 13:22 | #

    This is bittersweet. I'm so happy for you, but I'm really going to miss being able to call you for your wonderful advice. You've always shown that you truly care for the people that you help. I wish you all of the best on your next chapter. :)


  • Katherine Pettitt

    Katherine Pettitt

    09 April 2019 at 13:24 | #

    Meredith, thanks for all your help and guidance! You have touched so many lives and you surely will be missed. Wishing you the best now and always :-)


  • Steve Kollar

    Steve Kollar

    09 April 2019 at 14:14 | #

    Congratulations on your retirement, I wish you health and happiness it is so deserved. When I first started at Manatee County and had an insurance question everyone said call Meredith she can help and you have been helping me ever since. You worked after hours and made sure my authorizations got completed even through the Dr. offices cannot get it right, you have helped me understand all the insurance red tape and I have never had any insurance issues all thanks to your help. You are going to be so missed.
    Thanks for everything


  • Julie Hunnicutt

    Julie Hunnicutt

    09 April 2019 at 16:47 | #

    Congratulations and very well deserved. Have fun!


  • Marilyn J Lyons

    Marilyn J Lyons

    10 April 2019 at 06:23 | #


    I’m so happy for you. I’m grateful for all you’ve done for me over the years and wish you all the best in your new adventure as a retired friend.


  • Mark Murphy

    Mark Murphy

    10 April 2019 at 10:22 | #


    Thanks for you help and advice over these many years, you have been of great service to Kim and I and we will miss you.


  • Sharon McClellan

    Sharon McClellan

    10 April 2019 at 11:01 | #

    I am very happy for you and hope your next adventure is wonderful!!! Thank you so much for all of your assistance and support throughout the years. You are amazing!!


  • Bob Goodman

    Bob Goodman

    10 April 2019 at 13:03 | #

    It is hard to believe that it is only 16 years ago we met and you started on the journey to participate in writing a new Book of Life for Manatee County Employees. Since the beginning MyChoice's success is due to your humility and wisdom to use your RN education, knowledge and experience on behalf of Manatee County Employees and their Families to enhance their quality of life. There is no abundance of thanks for the joy you have given me for the opportunity I had working with you. May the MyChoice memories helping others give you the identical or even more joy and laughs in retirement that I am having thinking back to the days with Charmaine, Natalie, Kim and the Gang.


  • Meredith


    10 April 2019 at 16:47 | #

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I will miss all of you. It has been a long, wonderful journey, and now I will be off to a new chapter....


  • Linda Klasing

    Linda Klasing

    11 April 2019 at 16:05 | #

    Meredith, I have enjoyed working with you over the many years. I will miss you and I wish you well on your new adventures.


  • Ibrahim


    12 April 2019 at 15:57 | #

    Congratulations on wrapping up a brilliant career! It’s been a great pleasure working with you over the past year. I’ve learned a great deal from you on how to navigate in this world of managed care. Good luck in your next chapter of your life! I’ll miss you and the energy you always brought to the team!


  • Angelita Ortiz

    Angelita Ortiz

    16 April 2019 at 09:01 | #

    Congratulations on your Retirement. Enjoy!


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