September 26, 2017
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Aroostook Agency on Aging Names New Executive Director

Steve Farnham | BDN
Steve Farnham | BDN

Dr. Ken Phelps, Chair of the Aroostook Agency on Aging Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that Joy Barresi Saucier will take over as Executive Director as of October 1, 2017 when Steve Farnham retires after nearly 43 years of distinguished service to the Agency.

The Search Committee recommended Ms. Barresi Saucier to the full Board of Directors earlier this month after an extensive search that began in April of this year. Joy has an extensive educational background and has achieved several significant certifications and distinctions. Joy began her career as a Registered Nurse graduating from the University of Maine School of Nursing. She later received a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maine School of Public Administration and a Master of Health Administration degree from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She is board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Joy has worked in a variety of positions based in both hospitals and community settings with progressive responsibility including patient care, community education, fundraising, and project management. In her most recent role as Vice President of Strategy and Community Benefit at The Aroostook Medical Center, Ms. Barresi Saucier provided leadership to several functional areas, including strategic planning, analytics, advocacy, communications, business development, philanthropy, and community benefit.

Joyis past president of the Presque Isle Rotary Club and currently serves as the District 7810 Foundation Committee Chair. She serves on the Board of Directors for The County Federal Credit Union. She is an alumnus of Leadership Maine (Phi Class), serves on the Board of Directors for the Aroostook Partnership, and is a founding member of Empower Aroostook, a group committed to empowering individuals to connect Aroostook.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have attracted someone of Joy’s caliber to our Executive Director position,” stated Dr. Phelps. “Joy is passionate about advancing the well-being and quality of life of our older people and disabled adults in Northern Maine, and her educational background and her varied professional experience will serve us extremely well.”

Joy commented, “The agency has a long, successful history of helping older adults in our region remain independent as long as possible. It will be a privilege to lead the organization as it continues this tradition.” She further shared, “The needs in Aroostook are many and are ever changing. Over the coming years, we will need to adapt and develop our communities’ resources to ensure our older adults are able to remain active, healthy, and engaged. I am excited to be part of this effort.”

A non-profit serving Aroostook County since 1972,the Aroostook Agency on Aging’s mission is to improve the quality of life, maximize the independence and promote the well-being of older people in northern Maine. It does this through programs and services for older adults and individuals with disabilitiesfocused on food assistance, transportation, elder care, caregiver support, and health insurance counseling. Contact the Agency at 207-764-3396, 1-800-439-1789 or www.aroostookaging.org for more information or assistance.