DRT Advocate Zack Harris Retires
Zack Harris, center, poses with other East TN staff at his retirement lunch.
Zack Harris has retired from DRT. In his nearly 11 years, he drove 125,000 miles, monitored 141 facilities, and served 182 individuals with disabilities through investigations and advocacy. Zack served individuals with disabilities in the East Tennessee region through abuse and neglect investigations, monitoring, and individual advocacy.
"Zack was a tremendous member of the team. We wish him all the best in this new phase of his life," says Zack's supervisor, Anna Bass, Director of Advocacy in East Tennessee. "From Zack, I learned many lessons including how to gracefully facing challenges, preserve in the fight for equality, and the value of supporting those who are working beside you every day. Zack’s work history is evidence that he has spent his life determined to make his community a better place for those who are marginalized and oppressed. I appreciate that he chose to work for DRT the last 11 years."
Executive Director Lisa Primm shares, "It is a great loss for the agency when such an incredible advocate leaves. Zack has intervened in the lives of Tennesseans often when their living conditions or treatment were at their worst. I will never forget watching him walk into a group home; he was like a magnet as all the residents came forward to let Zack know how they were doing. His kindness and follow-through inspired trust in the clients he served, and he will be missed by all who know him. We wish Zack a very happy retirement and lots of special moments enjoying his equally important role as Grandpa.”