Trekkers Announces Interim Executive Director

21a. Pen Williamson

Pen Williamson, Trekkers Interim Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Pen Williamson will serve as our organization’s Interim Executive Director starting January 19th.

Williamson is an experienced leader who brings over 40 years of experience advocating for the positive development of nonprofits. As an organizational development consultant, he has worked closely with some of the area’s most reputable organizations, including the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Maine Community Foundation, LifeFlight of Maine, Colby College, The Apprenticeshop and many more.

Trekkers’ Board Chairman, Stu Rich, said in a recent letter to supporters, “Pen will use his time as Trekkers’ Interim Executive Director to keep a steady focus on Trekkers’ mission, and to maintain the systems that make Trekkers a highly respected organization and advocate for our community’s youth. We are excited to engage his expertise and steady hand during this important time of transition for Trekkers and grateful to Pen that he would make time in his busy life to help Trekkers in our time of transition. Please join us in welcoming him to the interim position.”

Trekkers’ current Executive Director, Don Carpenter, announced in June that he would be stepping down from his role after 17 years with the organization. Carpenter recently announced that he has accepted a position with the Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation, where he will continue his work in youth development by working on raising aspirations for middle and high school students growing up in rural communities in Maine.

Of the transition, Rich states, “Our staff and board wish the very best for Don in his new endeavors. While we carry on with our thoughtful search for the next permanent Executive Director, Trekkers will remain laser focused on the future, and continue advancing our mission of serving local youth through our unique outdoor-based mentoring programs.”

Since 1994, Trekkers has provided mentoring support and educational programs to local youth in the Midcoast area. Now serving more than 200 students in grades 7 through 12, Trekkers serves the six communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston. For more information about Trekkers and its unique programs, please contact the Trekkers office at 207-594-5095 or go to the website, www.trekkers.org.

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