Jody Jones and Martha Thompson Wagner Join Healthy Acadia’s Board of Directors
September 4, 2015

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is excited to welcome two new members to the organization’s Board of Directors: Jody Jones and Martha Thompson Wagner. “We’re honored to have these wonderful community leaders join the team,” stated Ben Billings, Chair of Healthy Acadia’s Board of Directors. “They bring invaluable experience, wisdom, expertise and passion, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.”

Jody Jones brings to the Board her experience in education and her passion to ensure quality education beginning in early childhood. She spent the first 34 years of her professional life teaching grades K and 1, finishing her career in public school education as principal in a Downeast school district. After retiring in 2007, Jody worked part time with the Maine Seacoast Mission's after-school program in Washington County, working to help coordinate their program offerings with the school curriculum. Jody 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. Jody lives in Surry, and while not visiting families, she loves activities that will take her outdoors.

“Healthy Acadia's focus on seeing the needs of Hancock and Washington County residents and providing healthy solutions rings a chord with me,” shared 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.”

Martha Thompson Wagner, a psychologist by training, brings to the Board her expertise and experience in health policy, wellness initiatives, and organizational leadership. Martha worked as the Executive Director of Kennestone Regional Hospice in Georgia and as the Educational Consultant for the Oncology Program at Kennestone Regional Health System, designing and facilitating support programs for Oncology patients and family members. She subsequently coordinated the development of health and wellness assessments and programs in school systems. Martha 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,” stated 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.”

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities across Hancock and Washington counties by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock and Washington counties.