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AARP Maine Welcomes New State Director

AARP Maine is delighted to welcome our new state director, Lori Parham, to the Pine Tree State. Lori brings a wealth of experience to the team after serving as state director for AARP Florida for more than four years. Most recently, Lori served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President of the AARP State & National Group in Washington D.C. Her expertise in public policy, activism and long-term care issues are among her many attributes which will certainly serve our office well in the complicated political climate of 2012. Welcome Lori!

A message from Lori Parham, our new state director:

To all AARP members in the great state of Maine,

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as I assume the role of State Director of the AARP Maine State Office. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent you across the state and in our nation’s capitol and am humbled by the opportunity to serve the needs of people 50+ in this remarkable state.

I enter into this position upon the retirement of Nancy Kelleher, a life-long advocate for the rights of all Mainers and a wonderful colleague, whose tenure as the leader of AARP Maine was characterized by great engagement and many notable successes. While hers are indeed hard shoes to fill, I, like Nancy, have broad and deep experience as an activist for the well-being of our citizens. As Nancy was, I am motivated by an enduring love for this state which, for me, was born of exposure to its beauty and diversity during childhood visits to my family's home near Bangor. As the saying goes, “I wasn’t born in Maine but I got here as fast as I could.” Both my husband, Matthew, and I are delighted finally to call Maine our home.

All of us on the Maine State Team look forward to building upon our achievements and facing the new challenges which 2012 will certainly present. As always, we aspire to vigorously advance and steadfastly protect the rights and quality of life for all Americans as we age.
You’ll be hearing more from us in the weeks and months ahead and we hope that what you hear will inspire you to volunteer with us if you haven’t already. If you are already one of our valued volunteers, we hope you will reinvest in our worthy mission in Maine.

With warmest wishes,
Lori Parham

P.S. Please feel free to call us or email our office with any questions: 1-866-554-5380 or aarpme@aarp.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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