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Healthy Acadia welcomes Elsie Flemings as executive director

Posted March 10, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
Healthy Acadia

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Healthy Acadia has announced that Elsie Flemings will serve as its new executive director.

Healthy Acadia is a community health coalition working in Maine’s Hancock and Washington counties. The organization is entering its 14th year of operation with a proven track record of creating significant, lasting improvements to the health of communities it serves. Staff work with more than 100 partners and hundreds of volunteers to build vibrant communities, to support vulnerable community members, and to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all people.

As executive director, Elsie will be responsible for growing and sustaining the organization by empowering community participation, good governance, staff leadership, resource development and sound fiscal management.

“We are excited to welcome Elsie as the new Executive Director,” stated Ben Billings, Healthy Acadia Board chairman,  in a press release. “She personifies both the mission and vision of Healthy Acadia and has a dynamic and innovative aptitude for leadership that comes naturally. With her leadership, we look to the future with confidence and excitement for what we will achieve across our service areas of Hancock and Washington counties.”

Elsie has worked at Healthy Acadia for the past five years, serving as the community relations and development director for the past three years. She also served as the state representative for District 35 in Hancock County for two terms.

Her previous work includes serving as the coordinator for the Union River Watershed Coalition of Hancock County, as well as working as a Congressional staff member in Washington, D.C.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our communities and work for positive change in this role,” stated Elsie Flemings, in the press release. “I am deeply passionate about this work — bringing people together to build vibrant communities and to make it easier for all people to lead healthier lives. I look forward to all that we can accomplish together with our many partners in the coming months and years. While we face many health challenges, I am confident that together we can continue to make real lasting differences.”

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities across Hancock and Washington counties by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County. Healthy Acadia’s current programs include efforts to increase access to physical activity, promote Farm to School initiatives, improve community food security, provide nutrition education, prevent substance abuse, promote positive youth development, create tobacco-free communities, prevent chronic disease, foster healthy indoor and outdoor environments, promote worksite wellness initiatives, and respond to other emergent community health needs. Contact Elsie at elsie@healthyacadia.org or 288-5331.

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