Crowley to Join Effort to Revitalize Katahdin Region

Brewer, Maine – (June 23, 2017) – After 20 years of leading EMHS philanthropic efforts, Michael Crowley has decided to leave EMHS Foundation in favor of helping the place he calls home.  Crowley will become the first executive director of Our Katahdin, a not for profit organization that is promoting community and economic development in the Katahdin region.
In making the announcement, EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, stated that since her arrival at EMHS 11 years ago, Crowley has been a steady and positive influence for the advancement of the system. “Michael’s tireless voice of the donor is always appreciated, as is his advocacy on behalf of EMHS. I will miss working with Michael, however I expect that our paths will continue to cross frequently as he devotes time and attention to the redevelopment of his beloved home town of Millinocket and the Katahdin region overall.” Hood said recruitment for a new EMHS Foundation president will commence this summer.
According to Lynne Spooner, Foundation board chair, Crowley apprised the board some time ago that he was ready for a new challenge to focus on for the remainder of his career. “That afforded us a tremendous opportunity to work closely with Michael to develop a solid succession plan which we will now execute.” Spooner added, “On a more personal note, I have enjoyed working with and learning from Michael. He is a consummate professional who has led steady growth at EMHS Foundation, and that has resulted in more giving, higher quality, and consistent processes.”
"We are thrilled that Michael has accepted this opportunity,” said Sean DeWitt, president of Our Katahdin’s Board of Directors. DeWitt added that Crowley brings decades of experience in fundraising, management, and delivery of results—“he is a well-respected alumni of the Katahdin region who is returning home to contribute to its continued redevelopment. We couldn’t be more pleased."
Crowley commented that while he has been saddened by the steady decline of the Katahdin region over the past 30 years, he is highly optimistic about its future. “The region has everything going for it; we just need to continue planting the seeds of growth, carefully shape them, and help one of Maine’s most beautiful regions return to a place of economic strength. I feel like my entire career has been preparing me to return home and to help make this dream a reality.”  Under Crowley’s direction, EMHS Foundation has grown from a department of five based in Bangor, to a statewide team that manages the donor relationships of EMHS and its member organizations. “For two decades I have been privileged to work with some of the most talented people in Maine. I am leaving a job and an organization I love knowing there are many highly skilled people in place to carry on our great work.” 
About Our Katahdin
Our Katahdin is a volunteer driven nonprofit organization working to promote community and economic development in the Katahdin region. The core of Our Katahdin is a website for people who love the Katahdin region and believe in its future. Our Katahdin is a platform—bringing  together ideas, people and funding to move our community forward.  Ideas into Action. If you would like contact information for Our Katahdin, please contact Mike Seile, vice president at (207) 478-0541.
About EMHS
EMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine with nine hospitals, numerous physician practices, long-term care and home health and hospice agencies,  pharmacies, and ground and air emergency transport services.
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