Posted on Monday October 27, 2014
Earlier this month, Bank of Maine announced the winners of their 2014 Leaders & Luminaries Award. Included on this list of six Mainers recognized for their non-profit board leadership was our very own Susan Koch! Susan was recognized for her extraordinary work on our Development Committee, on our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, in bringing our two campuses together during our 2011 merger and in founding our new Women for Wayfinder initiative.
Here are a few excerpts from Susan’s nomination:
“Susan Koch joined the Board of Directors in 2011, just prior to the merger of The Community School and Opportunity Farm. She helped bring the two organizations together, and has worked as a tireless advocate for our students, our staff and our school ever since. Susan’s efforts have directly resulted in increased funds, increased visibility and increased organizational structure during a time of significant growth. We now serve more than 80 students each year through our nine-month Residential Program for at-risk youth and our home-based Passages Program for teen parents. Both programs focus on academic and life skills, and Susan has been instrumental in our ability to serve more students and ensure they are graduating with the skills and experience necessary for future success in our Maine communities.”
“Susan continues to bring her energy and enthusiasm to every meeting and every event. Her warm and positive energy are deeply reassuring to staff as they pursue their daily work at-risk students, and she is a strong cheerleader for development staff as they work to raise funds for the school. We feel honored to have Susan Koch on our Board of Directors and we hope she will be considered for the 2014 Leaders & Luminaries Award.”
On October 1, Susan and five others were recognized at The Leaders & Luminaries Award Luncheon in Portland, and presented with gifts of $1,000-$10,000 in support of their non-profit organizations.
Thank you Bank of Maine & Congratulations Susan!
L-R: Bank of Maine President John Everets, Wayfinder CEO & Head of Schools Dr. Dorothy Foote, Wayfinder Board Member Susan Koch at the October 1 Leaders & Luminaries Award ceremony