Marge Kilkelly, Former Senior Policy Advisor to Sen. Angus King, Jr.,
Joins MPCA As Policy Program Manager

Augusta, MENov. 4, 2019 – The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA), a membership organization representing the collective voices of Maine’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), today announced the appointment of Marge Kilkelly as the organization’s Policy Program Manager. In her role, Kilkelly will manage the organization’s grassroots advocacy efforts, serve as a key health policy advisor and liaison between MPCA, our community health centers and key stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels.

Kilkelly brings nearly 40 years of policy and program experience to the position from directing non-profits, including Head Start, domestic violence programs, and advocacy groups; to working in all levels of government, serving 16 years in the Maine Legislature, four years as a town selectman and most recently six years in D.C. as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Angus King, Jr.

Darcy Shargo, CEO, Maine Primary Care Association, said, “Marge is a passionate advocate for the people and communities of rural Maine, and we are thrilled that she has joined our team. Marge has worked tirelessly as a Senate staffer to promote expanded access to health care for all Maine people. In fact, earlier this year we were pleased to present her with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) “Health Center Hero” Award for her accomplishments in support of Maine’s community health centers.”

Kilkelly completed her MS in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University and has participated in several fellowship programs. She was an Eisenhower Fellow in Central Europe studying rural economic development on the cusp of EU integration; a New England Rural Leaders fellow; and a Brooks Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. In 2005, she completed a two-year leadership academy with the New England Farm Bureau.

Commenting on her appointment, Kilkelly said, “I am so excited to be working to support the critical work of community health centers across the state. I see health centers as gateways to health, not only for the over 210,000 people directly served each year, but also to the communities themselves that are strengthened by having local access to quality care for their citizens.”

Kilkelly and her husband, Joseph Murray, live in Dresden on Dragonfly Cove Farm, where they raise meat goats, poultry and pigs for local markets.

Maine Primary Care Association Announces Winners of the 2019 Clinical and Administrative Excellence Awards

Bar Harbor, MEOct. 16, 2019 – The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA), a membership organization representing the collective voices of Maine’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), today announced the winners of its 2019 Clinical and Administrative Excellence Awards during a luncheon at the organization’s annual conference in Bar Harbor. The Clinical and Administrative Excellence Awards were created in 2005 to honor the contributions and accomplishments of individuals and health center advocates working to ensure that affordable, high quality health care is available to all Mainers.

This year, MPCA recognized eight individuals for their leadership, dedication, accomplishments and support of Maine’s Community Health Centers. The 2019 award winners are as follows:

  • MPCA Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung President’s Award – Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung, Eastport Health Care, Inc.
  • Carol Eckert, MD Memorial Award – S. John Shannon, DO, Health Access Network
  • Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award – Donna Lawlor, ANP-BC, DNP, Greater Portland Health
  • Physician Assistant Excellence Award – Mayra Brink, PA-C, Sacopee Valley Health Center
  • Clinical Support Excellence Award – Debbie Pottle, RN, CDE, Eastport Health Care, Inc.
  • Unsung Hero Award – Kim Chabre, LSW-C, Pines Health Services
  • Unsung Hero Award – Ann Giggey, LADC, Penobscot Community Health Care
  • MPCA Staff Recognition Award – Bryan Wyatt, MA, Maine Primary Care Association

Darcy Shargo, CEO, Maine Primary Care Association, said, “Today, we honor a select group of individuals who have distinguished themselves for their dedication to mission, compassion and accomplishments. The 2019 Clinical and Administrative Excellence Award winners epitomize the leadership, professionalism, kindness and care that has helped make Maine’s Community Health Centers the network of choice for more than 210,000 people.”