YCCAC Executive Director Barbara Crider to Step Down
Claudette Dupee, York County Community Action Corporation’s Board President, announced that current Executive Director, Barbara Crider, will be stepping down later this summer after 12 years in the role. The Board is launching a search for new leadership, intending to make the transition by September 1, 2022.
YCCAC has been operating in York County since 1964, providing a range of educational, health and social services across York County. During Crider’s tenure, the organization has grown in size and has diversified its program offerings.
According to Dupee, over the past dozen years, the organization has weathered some challenging times of high community need. “One of the first challenges we faced when Barbara took over as Executive Director was helping families make it through the Great Recession, when unemployment reached 9%.” More recently, the organization has mobilized its resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic. YCCAC helped thousands of people across the county to safely quarantine by delivering food and medicine, provided Personal Protective Equipment to businesses, conducted vaccine clinics and managed a “swab and send” testing site in partnership with the Maine CDC.
Dupee says the organization prides itself on being nimble, and having the capacity to re-focus and help communities meet emerging needs, even those like a recession or a pandemic.
In 2012, YCCAC opened Nasson Health Care in Springvale, which now provides primary care, dental services, and behavioral health treatment to nearly 10,000 patients. Since then, the organization has focused on integrating their social service and health care resources so that people can achieve and maintain a full sense of well-being. “Our Board understands that financial security and good health are two sides of one coin. If you are unhealthy, it is very difficult to work and earn an adequate income. And too often, people living in poverty lack access to quality health care.”
YCCAC’s unique blend of health and social services sets it apart from similar organizations. “We have become a national leader in addressing the social drivers of health,” according to Dupee.
The Board is working with Barb Wentworth, former long-term executive at United Way of York County, to find its next leader. “We believe our best years are ahead of us, and that we will continue playing an important role in making York County a healthy, vibrant place to live,” said Dupee. “We’re grateful for the growth we have had under Barbara’s leadership, and are we are committed to finding a new Executive Director who will help us build on this strong foundation.”
The posting for the Executive Director position including how to apply may be found on the organization’s website at https://yccac.org and by clicking the green “YCCAC Jobs” button on the home page. Review of complete applications received via email only will begin on April 29, 2022.