One of Cynthia's most endearing qualities was her willingness to give, sadly, as it turns out, the most precious thing she had to give -- her time. Whether she was training us, counseling us, or calming us, she was there whenever we needed any or all of those attentions. From the time each of us first knew her, she evolved from being our manager to being our friend, our mentor, our teacher, and, sometimes, our surrogate mom. We worked with her, learned from her, shared with her, and frequently laughed with her, especially when her cell phone would ring during our meetings. We admired and respected her work ethic, her hands-on management style, and her ability to laugh at herself. She treated us not as her employees but as her equals -- different specialized fingers of the same hand working together toward the same goal. We came to love her. Now we must do the one thing we never expected: miss her.
Sherryl Braughton, Judy MacPherson, Kathy Pujat, Betty Thomas
January 8, 2008