Maine Health Access Foundation Board Announces Leadership Transition

Maine Health Access Foundation Board Announces Leadership Transition

Founding President stepping down at the end of 2016

The MeHAF Board of Trustees has announced that founding President and CEO, Dr. Wendy J. Wolf, plans to step down at the end of 2016 after fifteen years of leading Maine’s largest health foundation.  

“The Board is exceedingly proud of how Dr. Wolf has worked with the Board and staff to position MeHAF as a highly respected, nonpartisan thought leader in health and health care within Maine and nationally,” noted Board Chair Connie Sandstrom.  “We know this leadership transition will be a significant change for the organization, but the Board is confident that MeHAF’s exceptionally strong reputation and record of accomplishment will attract an outstanding successor.”

As MeHAF’s first employee, Dr. Wolf led every aspect of the foundation’s development including the recruitment of the foundation’s highly talented staff, evolution of its program and policy initiatives with the award of over $58 million in funding to organizations across the state while concomitantly overseeing the growth of MeHAF’s endowment from $82 million to $120 million.
Under Wolf’s leadership, MeHAF has worked in close partnership with nonprofits, state government, policymakers, business and consumers to advance its mission of promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine.  During her tenure, the foundation has advanced many important initiatives, such as enhancing access to health care services through the expansion of Maine’s network of community health centers and dental care providers, to promoting higher quality, patient-centered care through the integration of behavioral health and primary care.  The foundation has also cultivated strategies to promote better health at the local and regional level through its Healthy Communities program.  Since the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, MeHAF has been the conceptual leader and funder for the statewide enroll207 health insurance Marketplace campaign that helped position Maine as a leader in Marketplace health plan enrollment.  

“It has been a privilege leading an organization where everyone from the Board, Community Advisory Committee and staff are passionate and aligned to advance our mission through the power of ideas, strategy and partnerships to benefit Maine people,” said Dr. Wolf.  “As the Board begins to plan for its next in-depth strategic planning process, it seemed an opportune time to step down so MeHAF’s next leader can inspire and guide the foundation toward the next phase of our work to improve the lives of Maine’s must vulnerable residents.” 

The Board will be conducting a national search for the foundation’s next President under the leadership of Trustee Jeff Wahlstrom, who will Chair the search committee.  Over the next few months, the Board will work with the committee to engage a search firm and identify the preferred qualifications for the next President.  It is anticipated that the active solicitation of candidates will begin in March, 2016, with the goal of announcing the new President and CEO in the fall of 2016.         


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