If you've taken a course or attended a seminar or received an MBA through the American College of Physician Executives (or coordinated an awards program for physician executives, as we have at Modern Physician), chances are good that everything went smoothly for you administratively on the ACPE end.
A big part of that for the past 11 years has been staffer Avery Bredice, whose last day on the job at the Tampa, Fla.-based organization was Friday.
Bredice, 36, will leave the U.S. on Nov. 10 for Antalya, Turkey, a city of 659,000 on the Mediterranean Sea, where she plans to work for at least six months as a lay missionary and English teacher at the St. Paul Cultural Center.
The center is headquarters to an international English-speaking church that serves the expatriate community there, a Turkish-speaking church, a coffee shop and a children's summer camp. Bredice, who also has a master's degree in management of not-for-profit organizations, will put those skills to work helping the church organize as a legal entity in the U.S.
She will be missed at the ACPE, according to Scott Ransom, D.O., its immediate past president.
"The officers and the board members and the people who have worked with ACPE, they know how important she is," Ransom said. "Avery has done an exemplary job of keeping the board on track."
Bredice said she is convinced she was called to go to Turkey while reading about the apostle Paul. She first journeyed there last year and visited again in August, sojourning in Antalya on both trips. There was just something about the place, she said. Bredice said she returned to Tampa, sold her car, rented her house, put her things in storage and gave notice at her job.
"I knew the Lord was telling me I was supposed to do something there," she said. "It was so hot and so clear. I've been on fast forward ever since."
This will be her first trip abroad as a missionary, but not her first attempt at the work. A member of a Tampa coalition for the homeless, Bredice said she's been doing that work for 15 years and can't pass a homeless person without stopping -- but not to give them money.
"My trunk is always full of clothes, toothpaste, washcloths," said Bredice. "I always try to stop and give them something, and give them a hug. I think God gave that to me before I even knew there was a God."
Bredice said she plans to keep colleagues up to date on her activities via her Web site, averyb.com.