PORTLAND, Maine — After 29 years of dedicated service at Northeast Hearing and Speech (NHS), Executive Director Nancy Steeves will retire, effective June 30, 2015. Laurie Mack, Northeast’s Associate Director since 1993, will assume the role of Executive Director, effective July 1, 2015.
Steeves joined NHS in 1986 as an audiologist and became the Executive Director in 1989. Since that time she has grown the organization from 8 clinicians to 18, moved the office to a new location to expand services and improve accessibility, and significantly increased the client base. “Nancy has guided NHS through nearly 30 years of growth and change, often during times of great uncertainty and challenge, and has transformed the agency into the highly respected, visionary, and ground-breaking organization it is today,” said Jeff Selser, NHS Board President. “Her impact on thousands of people cannot be understated.”
“It has been a privilege to lead this extraordinary organization. The job has often been challenging during difficult economic times but always rewarding. I have been proud to represent the institution and the exceptional audiologists and speech-language pathologists who work tirelessly to help their clients,” said Steeves. “I leave the organization in the experienced and capable hands of my long-time Associate Director, Laurie Mack. I cannot imagine anyone better prepared to lead and represent this organization.”
Laurie Mack joined NHS in 1990 as a speech-language pathologist and became the Associate Director in 1993. She has been responsible for supervision, clinical services, and professional development. Mack has been a consultant for the Early Reading First program through the Muskie School of Public Service at USM and is a Hanen certified trainer for Early Childhood Educators. She is an active member of the Portland ConnectEd Starting Strong Leadership Team, the Westbrook Children’s Project, and several community initiatives to improve kindergarten readiness and third grade reading levels. Her work in the community has focused on supporting parents, students, and early childhood educators in the facilitation of language and literacy with preschool children, including those who are learning English as a second language. Mack also recently presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2014 national convention regarding a research project conducted at Northeast titled: The Use of iPads in Treatment for Preschool Children with Sound Production Disorders.
“I am honored to become Northeast’s Executive Director and will work to ensure that NHS continues its 91-year history of providing the highest quality hearing and speech services in the community,” stated Mack. “With our highly qualified staff and cutting edge technology I am confident that NHS will continue to be a leader in our field.”