On Feb. 3, Nancy Kelleher will be retiring from her position as state director of AARP Maine.
Kelleher’s work leaves behind an impressive legacy of positive social change, public action and legislative victories. She will be sorely missed by her state office team and all who have had the pleasure of both working and knowing her.
Kelleher became the AARP Maine State Director in 2008 after 4 years as the Associate State Director for Advocacy.
As the Associate State Director for Advocacy, she spearheaded legislative efforts to provide protection for Mainers on issues such as access to affordable health care and prescription drugs, predatory lending and homeowner protections, funding for home care services and repeal of the older worker penalty. Kelleher works on behalf of all 50+ Mainers for greater access to affordable health care, financial security and opportunities for all who want to make the second 50 years of their lives as exciting as the first 50.
Kelleher also worked in the Speaker’s Office of the House of Representatives where she handled administrative and policy issues for three Speakers. In the 119th Legislative Session she was named the Chief of Staff for Speaker Steven Rowe of Portland. Kelleher has also worked in a number of other non profits organizations in either management or advocacy positions. She has served on several state positions including the Deputy Secretary of State for Corporations, Elections & Commissions for Dan Gwadosky, former Secretary of State, and as Director of the Division of Community Services, a cabinet level position under Governor Joseph E. Brennan.
Kelleher serves on the Elder Abuse Task Force of Maine, the Stakeholders Group on Health INFONet, the Maine Health Management Coalition, and the Aligning Forces for Quality Project.
She also volunteers and served as President of the Scarborough Public Library Board of Trustees. She has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for groups dealing with women and families and housing issue, most recently with American Friends whose volunteers help recent refugees adjust to American life. In 2002 she was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement. She and her husband Edward live in Scarborough, Maine. They are the proud grandparents of four.
Kelleher’s successor is Lori Parham, who previously served as AARP state director in Florida and has been on special assignment with the AARP national office for the last 18 months.