Mark Eves, a behavioral health professional and Maine Speaker of the House, will become the executive director of Woodfords Family Services, based in Westbrook.

The Board of Trustees for the non-profit organization appointed Eves to replace Dr. Paul Nau, who is retiring. He will take over the Executive Director position on Oct. 1, 2016.

“I am pleased to announce that following an extensive and thorough search for the next Executive Director, the Board of Trustees has appointed Mark Eves to lead Woodfords Family Services,” said Travis Beaulieu, President of the Board of Trustees for Woodfords Family Services. “Mark’s professional credentials and career in behavioral health, as well as his statewide policy expertise and demonstrated leadership experience, make him the best person to lead Woodfords in the coming years.”

According to a press release, Eves is a marriage and family therapist who has worked in the behavioral health field as both a clinician and administrator for statewide community organizations. He is currently finishing his fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives and his second term as Speaker of the House. Eves has been a Woodfords employee since 2014.

“I have been continually impressed and inspired by our employees’ hard work, compassion and commitment to helping individuals with disabilities reach their highest potential,” Eves said in the release. “It will be a great privilege to lead this incredible organization that has grown from a grass roots effort to support families 50 years ago to a statewide leader in disability-related services today.”

Woodford’s Family Services provides services to children, youth and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses in 11 Maine counties.

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