ROCKLAND, ME- Executive Director Lee Karker recently announced his decision to retire from MCH in June 2016. Mr. Karker has served as MCH’s Executive Director since 1995 with more than 22 years of service to the organization.

“Working at MCH has been a great adventure,” Mr. Karker said, “but the time has come to step down and make way for new leadership.  It is also time for me to spend a more time doing the things I enjoy while I am still in good health.  I hope to do a little traveling and get outdoors more to ride my bicycle, hike and snowshoe.  And maybe I will even have time for some of those projects at home that I have been putting off for years!”

During his tenure as Executive Director, Mr. Karker has been a local and state advocate for the elderly and worked at raising public awareness regarding the importance of affordable housing, supportive services and transportation in promoting independence and mobility for older adults and other marginalized individuals. Through his dedication and devotion over the past 20 years, Mr. Karker has worked to maintain MCH’s prominence as a leading provider of housing and services for seniors in Knox County and the Midcoast.

Charlotte Gulezian, president of the MCH Board, stated that “Lee is the heart and soul of MCH. The Board is extremely grateful for his inspiration and leadership these many years.”

The MCH Board of Directors has established a Committee to prepare for the transition and select the next Executive Director. Mr. Karker will continue in his role as Executive Director throughout the transition period. The position will be posted in February 2016 and external candidates are encouraged to apply for consideration.

Requirements for the Executive Director Position and instructions on how to submit a resume can be found on the MCH’s website, http://mchinc.org/. Questions about the selection process should be directed to the Committee ExecutiveSearch@mchinc.org .