Day One’s Board of Directors has announced that longtime Executive Director David Faulkner plans to retire at the end of June 2016. David has been instrumental in the growth of the agency over the last 32 years.
“We are very appreciative of the great job David has done over the years and we look forward to working with the next Executive Director to continue to provide outstanding services to Maine’s youth,” said Board President Dennis Carrillo. “Day One’s strong reputation and record of success as Maine’s leading agency addressing youth substance use disorders will position it well for the future.”
Under David’s leadership, Day One has worked in close collaboration with state government, non-profits, schools, corrections, hospitals, attorneys and families to advance its mission to dramatically reduce youth substance abuse and address mental health needs. In his 32 years with the agency, David has fostered a culture of respect which contributed to staff longevity and low turnover. He has been a passionate advocate for children and adolescents.
In the past three decades Day One grew from a small treatment organization to an agency providing statewide prevention and treatment programs with 80 staff members. Its residential program, for example, has grown from a single facility providing intensive treatment to young men, to three locations serving both teenage girls and boys from all over Maine. In partnership with Integrated Service Solutions, a collaboration of Maine agencies for which David served as Vice President and Treasurer, Day One adopted an electronic health record system to improve oversight and care coordination throughout the agency.
Day One has been recognized numerous times over the years for its outstanding work with Maine youth and for being a great place to work. It was selected four times, most recently in 2015, as a Best Place to Work in Maine. It was recognized by the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine and as an “Agency of Distinction” by WCSH Channel 6.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with the dedicated and talented staff at Day One over the years,” said David. “Both our staff and board of directors are passionate advocates for children in our state and I know that I am leaving the agency in good hands. The next leader will be poised to continue the important work to improve the lives of youth and families throughout Maine.”
Day One’s Director of Residential and Corrections Services, Caroline Raymond, has been selected by the Board to lead the organization during the search for a new Executive Director. Caroline will begin her role as Interim Executive Director on July 1, 2016. Caroline has been a member of the Day One management team for over twenty years and will provide continuity of leadership and organizational stability to the Day One staff, clients and community. The Board is pleased to announce that David has agreed to serve as a special advisor to Day One through the end of 2016. An event to celebrate David’s contribution to the agency is being scheduled for this summer.