Transitions at Healthy Peninsula

Amy Vaughn has resigned as Director of Healthy Peninsula in order to accept the position as Pastor of the Deer Isle-Sunset Congregational Church in Deer Isle.

Vaughn had directed Healthy Peninsula for more than three years, and in 2011 presided over the transition of Healthy Peninsula from a state funded Healthy Maine Partnership grantee to a community-based, grassroots, public health organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Child and Family Opportunities in Ellsworth.

Vaughn recalls, “I had a wonderful experience working with Healthy Peninsula and am grateful for my time with the organization. Healthy Peninsula’s model for engaging the community in collective efforts to improve health and wellbeing is a model that works. You will continue to see excellent work and great results from Healthy Peninsula.”

Over the past 18 months, Healthy Peninsula launched the very successful Ready by 21 program in Deer Isle, Stonington, and Sedgwick to create a cradle-to-career pipeline of supports for children and youth. Other collective impact projects managed by Healthy Peninsula include the peninsula-wide Early Childhood Workgroup and the annual ‘Castine Conference’ on Early Childhood issues. The Good Food Project and Magic School Bus have also been two of Healthy Peninsula’s successful projects for several years.

Bery Kornreich, President of the Healthy Peninsula Advisory Board praised Vaughn’s work. “I thank Amy Vaughn for her exemplary service. We could not have found a more dedicated, competent, and inspiring Executive Director than Amy Vaughn. Best of luck to her in her new position, and good luck for us because we will be able to work with her in the future, I’m sure”.

Denise Black, Community Health Coordinator, will direct and organize Healthy Peninsula’s projects with the assistance of the ‘working’ Advisory Board and community volunteers. In 2013, Healthy Peninsula will also collaborate with Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Eastern Maine Health Services, and other regional and local organizations to address ‘Healthy Aging’ and concerns of older residents on the Blue Hill peninsula.