Sunday, December 8, 2013
PORTLAND — The executive director of the Maine AIDS Alliance will soon be leaving his post.
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The Portland-based organization, which was founded in 1988, announced today on its website that Andrew Bossie, the organization’s executive director since 2007, will resign effective July 1.
Bossie is leaving to become the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections’ first executive director.
Maine AIDS Alliance's board of directors will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. Directors say they will focus their attention on raising funds for a two-year study to evaluate HIV/AIDS services in Maine. They will also spend time developing a comprehensive plan for handling the disease in the future.
There was no mention made as to whether the AIDS Alliance plans to replace Bossie.
Under Bossie’s leadership, the organization raised funds for planning the Maine AIDS Walk and for LIFE, a weekend of events held in collaboration with Southern Maine Pride. It also was successful at protecting scarce federal and state dollars used for HIV/AIDS prevention and care services.
“The work Andy has done has dramatically increased the visibility of HIV/AIDS in Maine at a time when the spotlight has fallen off the disease, and raised thousands of dollars for AIDS services,” the announcement said.