Roanoke, VA, May 16, 2024 – CMR Institute’s Board of Directors announced today that Michelle O’Connor will retire from her role as President and CEO as of June 30, 2024 after a remarkable 31-year tenure with the Institute. The Board of Directors also announced Sharon Lustig’s appointment to the role of President and CEO, effective July 1, 2024.

On her decision to retire, Ms. O’Connor shared, “It’s been a privilege to have had such a rewarding career with a company that I love. My journey with CMR Institute has been filled with the opportunity to do great things with wonderful people, especially the dedicated team at CMR and our Board of Directors. While I will greatly miss my colleagues, I’m confident that under Sharon’s leadership, CMR Institute will continue to grow, innovate, and fulfill our educational mission for many years to come.”

“Michelle’s impact on CMR Institute and the broader educational landscape cannot be overstated,” said Barbara Lockee, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Her visionary leadership, commitment to innovation, and genuine connection with people established CMR as an industry leader and will leave a legacy that will undoubtedly influence future generations of professionals to come.”

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Sharon Lustig, currently Senior Vice President, who brings more than 20 years of experience with CMR Institute to her new role. During her tenure at CMR, Ms. Lustig led the Institute’s program and account management, marketing, client development, and technology teams and has been instrumental in increasing CMR’s abilities to support its clients in achieving their goals. Her client-focused approach to content and program development, support services, and innovative technologies has increased the Institute’s reach and facilitated growth of its mission. Over her more than two decades of work, she has worked closely with both Ms. O’Connor and the Board of Directors and is well-equipped to lead the Institute and support its customers.

“CMR Institute’s foundation is built upon the dedication and expertise of our esteemed faculty, talented and dedicated staff, and visionary Board of Directors. We are all committed to advancing knowledge and enhancing healthcare. I am deeply honored by the trust placed in me by both the Board and our exceptional staff as I step into this role. I am following in the footsteps of an incredible leader, coach, and mentor in Michelle whose three decades of outstanding service have shaped our legacy. I look forward to continued collaboration with our valued customers and partners, driving towards shared goals and surpassing expectations,” said Ms. Lustig.

CMR Institute and its Board of Directors extend their deepest gratitude to Ms. O’Connor for her unwavering service and exceptional leadership and wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement. They also warmly welcome Ms. Lustig to her new role, looking forward to a future of continued excellence and innovation under her leadership.

About CMR Institute

CMR Institute is a 501(c)(3) learning organization whose mission is to enhance healthcare by providing innovative and effective learning solutions that increase knowledge and drive performance for life science professionals. Our comprehensive training library is updated regularly and vetted by industry-leading healthcare experts to ensure our learners are empowered with expertise and credibility to improve the healthcare industry, both today and the ever-changing tomorrow.

Michelle O’Connor, MEd

Retiring President and CEO

Sharon Lustig

President and CEO

as of July 1, 2024

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