I simply cannot believe I am writing this, but the sad reality is that I must share this with everyone who is a part of our GPPA family. I want to share the truth, while devastating, and hope to avoid rumors and confusion.
It is with a heavy heart that we report that Katie Jiminez, wife of our outstanding Executive Director Kevin Jiminez, died the evening of January 26 from the flu. Most of you knew Katie, a vivacious, outgoing, vital member of our community. She was more than the wife of our Executive Director. Katie was as loyal and dedicated to this organized as anyone you could ever hope to find. An accomplished photographer, Katie served as the committee chair for the Georgia Photographic Competition for many years. She had just received her Master of Photography degree at Imaging USA earlier this month. With Kevin, she helped run and administer Photoworks and was a participant or volunteer at most GPPA events. In many ways, she embodied the soul of GPPA. Her enthusiasm, dedication, and expertise will be sorely missed.
As president this year, I can only hope that Katie's shocking passing will only draw this family even tighter together. In the coming days, there will be lots needing to be done and I pray our GPPA family will rally together as an organization to lift up Kevin, her family, her friends, and each other during this time.
We love you and will miss you Katie. Always.