Mary-Anne Wisell named MDS Executive DirectorMary-Anne Wisell will become the Executive Director of Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) effective in early December. She succeeds Alan Greene, who recently announced his retirement after 20 years in the position. Wisell will serve as the area agency’s third executive director since it was established in 1983.

“We are delighted to announce that Mary-Anne Wisell has accepted the position of Executive Director,” reports Mickey Cronin, President of the MDS Board of Directors. “Mary-Anne has served MDS for nearly 20 years, most recently as Director of Operations. Her strong leadership skills, extensive experience, and compassionate nature promise to move MDS into an exciting future.”

Monadnock Developmental Services provides services to more than 1,000 individuals in the Monadnock Region. Wisell will take the leadership reins to direct its full range of services including children and adult case management, family support, direct care, day services, transition, supported employment, early intervention (ages birth to three), and respite. MDS is one of ten area agencies designated by the State of New Hampshire and works with more than a dozen partners in the area to provide these services.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Monadnock Developmental Services,” says Wisell. “Although there will surely be continued challenges, there will be many opportunities as well – and I have great confidence in the individuals and families we support, our staff, and provider agencies. I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders in moving our agency forward, raising awareness in the community, and enhancing the lives of everyone.”

Wisell started working in the disability services field in the late 1980s as a direct support professional for children and adults. She came to MDS in 2002 as an adult service coordinator, and has served as the agency’s director of operations for 15 years. Wisell is a member of the Keene Lions Club and 100+ Women Who Care Cheshire County, and was honored as a Health Care Everyday Hero this past summer. A graduate of Keene State College, she lives in Keene with her husband Rick and has two grown children and a grandson.