KVCAP’s Patricia Kosma Announces Her Retirement - Suzanne Walsh Named as New Chief Executive Officer

April 13, 2015

The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program’s Board of Directors announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Kosma, is retiring after 35 years of service with the Agency. Kosma began her career at KVCAP in 1980, when she was hired as an Outreach Worker for the Energy Program. She has held numerous positions with increased levels of responsibility, and was appointed to the position of CEO in 2008. Kosma’s efforts have strengthened KVCAP’s visibility and its connection with a myriad of partners. Just a few of her accomplishments include the development of the historic Gerald Hotel, which resulted in 28 seniors residing in quality, affordable housing; the conversion to a new brokerage model for Transportation Services; the expansion of energy and weatherization services into Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, and the creation of Educare Central Maine, which serves more than 200 children and their families.

“Under Ms. Kosma’s leadership, KVCAP has continued to thrive and provide vital services even during difficult economic times,” said Sheryl Gregory, Board President. “She is a great role model and will be missed. We wish her well in her upcoming retirement.”

On the heels of this announcement, the Board of Directors has named Suzanne Walsh as the company’s next CEO, effective May 1. Walsh enters this role with more than 26 years of experience in Community Action.

“Ms. Walsh is one of Maine’s most experienced community action professionals, who advocates statewide regarding health, family, economic, housing, and social issues,” said Gregory. “Her strong knowledge of Community Action and understanding of poverty issues has been very beneficial to our agency and partners. She shares our vision and commitment to a positive and strategic future for KVCAP. We look forward to continued work with her in her new role as CEO.”

Walsh has served as KVCAP’s Chief Operating Officer since 2009, where she oversees all operations in the Energy and Housing Division as well as the Community Services Division. She began her career at KVCAP in 1988 as the Program Supervisor for Adolescent Services, providing counseling, referrals and education to pregnant and parenting teens. Over the next quarter century she steadily advanced within KVCAP, taking on more responsibility with each promotion. Walsh was instrumental in the growth and development of many of the Agency’s most successful programs involving prevention and intervention initiatives for families, and other community-based services, such as Transportation, the South End Teen Center, Social Services, Fuel Assistance, Weatherization, Affordable Housing, Foreclosure Prevention, and Homebuyer Education.

“Having worked extensively in the field of community action and nonprofit management, I am excited by the opportunity to provide a fresh vision and my own leadership style to the KVCAP organization,” said Walsh. “The mission and vision of KVCAP is extremely important to me. It is the work that I have proudly engaged in since graduating from college some 27 years ago and I believe strongly that our agency has, can and will continue to make great strides in helping and empowering children, individuals, and families to experience a life that is free from the conditions of poverty.”

A Farmington native, Walsh graduated with Distinction from the University of Maine Orono in 1987, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Relations. She was a charter member of the Waterville Sunrise Rotary Club and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mount Merici Academy. Walsh lives in Vassalboro with her husband, Ken, and their children. Both have a strong commitment to their family, the community and the Central Maine area.

“Ms. Walsh is a very capable leader. I have tremendous faith in her ability to pick up where I leave off, and continue to fulfill the mission and vision of KVCAP,” said Kosma.

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