Greenland, NH – Living Innovations, an agency that provides in-home and community support to the elderly, those with long-term illnesses, and people with developmental disabilities, recently announced the promotion of two members of its Senior Management Team. Together these two members will oversee Living Innovations’ seven field office locations in Maine: in Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Machias, Millinocket, Newport and Saco.
New positions have been created for recently promoted Maine Director Andy Taranko and Maine Director of Operations Lynn Augustine as part of an organization-wide review of employees’ roles and responsibilities. According to Living Innovations’ Founder and CEO Neal Ouellett, the process was designed to ensure that the agency and its staff continue to successfully meet the needs of the people they serve and to strengthen the organization’s leadership team as the health and human services industry continues to evolve.
“I have great respect for the work that Andy and Lynn do, and I have complete confidence in their ability to make the best decisions for our company and the people we serve,” said Ouellett, “They’ve both been integral to our company’s success to date and I’m certain that they will flourish with greater responsibility. Our leadership team is stronger than ever and I have many people, including Andy and Lynn, to thank for that.”
Taranko and Augustine are long-time Living Innovations employees. Taranko previously served as the Director of three offices in Southern Maine, while Augustine was the Director of four offices in the Northern part of the state. In his new role, Taranko will focus on being a liaison with the state legislature and administration as well as assuring that Living Innovations’ mission and values are exemplified state-wide. Augustine will be responsible for team building, business development and quality assurance.
Andy Taranko, a Bentley College graduate, has been a human services professional in Southern Maine for the last eighteen years. He lives in Saco with his wife and two school age children. He enjoys being involved in community service efforts including participating in membership boards, volunteer coaching through recreation programs, and involvement in local fundraising activities.
Lynn Augustine received a degree in Social Work (BSW) from UMO and returned there to earn her Masters in Public Administration. She has been in the field of providing support for people with developmental disabilities for the last seventeen years. Lynn resides in Bangor with her husband and she spends much of her spare time with her two grown children and her granddaughter who all live in the greater Bangor area.
Living Innovations has 14 offices throughout New England and serves communities in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The organization provides support services to senior citizens, individuals with long-term illnesses or developmental disabilities, and children with health and behavioral needs to help optimize their quality of life, both at home and in the community. Living Innovations’ services include respite, household, personal, companionship, transportation and medical care provided by highly-skilled, specially-trained personnel, and also provides an array of career development and school transition programs to help maximize each individual’s well-being and independence. The 17-year-old organization also manages a number of innovative, 24-hour residential options that are an alternative to more restrictive, facility-based care. For information, visit www.livinginnovations.com.
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