The longtime head of the Volunteers of America Northern New England will step down in March to take an executive position with the organization’s national headquarters.

June Koegel, longtime CEO, accepted the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer with Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Virginia, according to a news release from the organization. In her new role, she will lead initiatives to provide enhanced supportive services and opportunities to Volunteers of America’s 32 affiliates nationwide, oversee operations of the national office and work as liaison to the national board of directors.

Koegel has been with Volunteers of America – an affordable housing and human services nonprofit – for 32 years, the last 26 years of which have been spent leading the organization’s Northern New England affiliate, based in Brunswick. In that time, she led the effort in Maine to bring evidence-based practices and programming to the criminal justice system, and has helped develop 12 affordable senior-housing facilities throughout the region, among other achievements.

The organization will begin soon a search for her replacement.