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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 10, 2021 and Castine Patriot, September 9, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, September 9, 2021
Leadership change at Healthy Peninsula

October 1, 2021 will mark the beginning of new leadership at Healthy Peninsula. The board of directors, along with the staff, announce that Anne Schroth, longtime Healthy Aging Program coordinator and, most recently, co-director, will step into the role of executive director as Janet Lewis concludes her seven-year tenure.

During her time with Healthy Peninsula, Lewis successfully shepherded the organization through the process of becoming an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the nine towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle in the areas of healthy aging, healthy eating and healthy families. Under her leadership, with a dedicated, community-based board of directors and small-but-mighty staff of program coordinators, Healthy Peninsula gained local, state and national recognition as a respected community health resource, trusted community partner and responsible grant steward for multiple funding partners, according to the release.

“It has been my incredible privilege to have the opportunity to simply be part of such an amazing, flexible and responsive organization that truly functions only to support the health and well-being of all members in our communities. I am very proud of what our team has accomplished together over the past seven years under my leadership and look forward to Anne at the helm” said Lewis.

Anne Schroth enters this leadership role having worked alongside Lewis for seven years, sharing a deep commitment to Healthy Peninsula’s mission. Co-director since April 2021, Schroth has provided oversight of all programming and community relations, in addition to her long-term role as the Healthy Aging coordinator. She holds the trust and respect of community partners, the board of directors and the staff and volunteers who keep the organization running.

Schroth was a legal services attorney and clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, focusing on the impact of legal and social supports on the health and wellbeing of low-income individuals and families. This background, as well as her history with Healthy Peninsula, make her uniquely suited to continue the important community health work that has been the core of Healthy Peninsula’s mission for the last 20 years.