Two join Healthy Acadia board

BAR HARBOR — Jody Jones and Martha Thompson Wagner have joined the board of directors of Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties.

“We’re honored to have these wonderful community leaders join the team,” said Ben Billings, chairman of the board. “They bring invaluable experience, wisdom, expertise and passion, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.”

Jones brings to the board her experience in education and her passion to ensure that quality education begins in early childhood. She currently works as a home visitor with Maine Families, offering researched-based information on child development and supporting new families in a variety of other ways. Jones lives in Surry, and while not visiting families, she loves activities that take her outdoors.

“Healthy Acadia’s focus on meeting the needs of Hancock and Washington County residents and providing healthy solutions rings a chord with me,” said Jones. “I see this as a way to help make real change on a grassroots level with others who are like minded. I feel honored to be a part of this ‘can do’ organization and hope that my experience will enrich the decision-making base.”

Wagner, a psychologist by training, brings to the board her expertise and experience in health policy, wellness initiatives and organizational leadership. Wagner now spends much of the year at her home in Mount Desert, and she is dedicated to her local volunteer work, including with Healthy Acadia and Mount Desert Island Hospital.

“It is my distinct privilege to serve as a new board member of Healthy Acadia, an organization committed to improving the health and wellness of individuals within our communities,” said Wagner. “The visionary leadership, dedicated staff and enthusiastic volunteers work tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for communities of all ages. I’m honored to be involved with this very well-respected organization as we work together to ensure the health of our community in the present and reaching far into the future.”

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