Celebrating Kathryn Callnan at The Cedars

kc-40-years-1“We look forward to a bright future because of Kathy.” – Richard Borts, Chair, Board of Trustees

In late August, The Cedars Board of Trustees and senior management gathered at a Portland restaurant to toast a tremendous achievement: Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO at The Cedars, was celebrating 40 years of service.

Kathryn shared both memories of The Cedars’ rich past and a bold vision for its future around long tables filled with longtime friends. She began her career at The Cedars in 1976, when it was still The Jewish Home for Aged on Munjoy Hill, right after graduating from nursing school at the University of Southern Maine. She worked her way tirelessly from the night shift to the Director of Nursing office and played a key role in the move from Munjoy Hill to Ocean Avenue. Today, she is guiding The Cedars as we step up to support our rapidly aging population.

Kathryn combines the compassion and hands-on experience of her years as a registered nurse with extraordinary executive leadership. A passionate advocate for Maine seniors, she has been honored by Leading Age Maine and New Hampshire and received the Dr. Herbert Shore Young Executive Award for her accomplishments in long term healthcare.

“In an era where individual commitment to an organization is all too brief, Kathy’s dedication is remarkable,” explains Richard Borts, Chair of The Cedars Board of Trustees. “The Board is honored to be working with someone who is a tireless advocate for our mission. We look forward to a bright future because of Kathy.”

Earlier in the year, Kathryn climbed Mount Katahdin on a winter camping trip with her brother. As dessert plates were cleared, the guests presented Kathryn with a painting of Maine’s tallest mountain by local artist David Little—an acknowledgement of her drive to reach her goals, among family and friends, no matter how great the challenge.


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