Portland, MAINE, Jan. 5, 2015 — Avesta Housing has awarded the 2014 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to Jess Maurer, executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Avesta President Dana Totman, Board Chair Drew Sigfridson and Board Member Luc Nya presented the award to Jess during a presentation on Wednesday, December 17, at the site of the future Young Street Apartments for seniors in South Berwick. Avesta Housing selected Jess for the award for highlighting the complex issues facing Maine’s older adults and moving the state toward an innovative and collaborative approach that includes a focus on housing.
In presenting the award, Totman highlighted Jess’s collaborative approach, bringing together a number of stakeholders to have challenging conversations. “Jess has united all the groups that really want to help Maine’s senior citizens,” Dana said.
In accepting the award, Jess also recognized the efforts of AARP Maine Advocacy Director John Hennessy, as well as Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves, for their commitment to improving the lives of Maine’s older adults. She also highlighted South Berwick’s support of affordable housing and community-building for seniors. “People all over Maine are in fact talking about transportation, housing, food and the other needs of older people, and how they can be met not just by the state but by communities like this one.”
From left: Avesta Housing Board Chairman Drew Sigfridson; Executive Director of Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging Jess Maurer; Avesta President and CEO Dana Totman; Avesta Board Member Luc Nya
About the Mike Yandell Award
Since 2005, Avesta Housing has recognized an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank, who is remembered for his commitment to improving the community.
Past honorees of the Mike Yandell Award
2013 John Ryan, Wright Ryan Construction
2012 USDA Rural Development, Maine State Office
2011 Gorham Savings Bank
2010 The Genesis Fund
2009 Ben Walter, CWS Architects
2008 John Gallagher, Westbrook Housing Authority
2007 David Bronson, TD Bank
2006 Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
2005 Preble Street Resource Center