The Townshippers’ Association has quietly removed its executive director, Laura Kolbe, after she stepped into the role in December, 2021, replacing Rachel Hunting, who held the position for nearly 10 years.
Maggie Severs, who was the assistant executive director, has taken over as acting executive director. Michelle Lepitre will take over Severs’ former role as assistant. President Gerald Cutting told The Record that the organization decided to go in a different direction.
“It came down to, I think, in terms of looking at everything, that there were some adjustments that had to be made in direction and it seemed that this was the ideal time to have Maggie Severs, who was the assistant executive director, take over operations at this time,” he said.
Kolbe came into the organization with an extensive educational and professional background in international business and economic development. In a previous interview with The Record, she detailed her plans to introduce a sustainable economic approach to the organization.
“Laura came in with a very strong business background and a very strong emphasis on looking at how things might be more in tune with a more economic model and it turned out that this is probably a difficult transition to make at this time,” Cutting explained in a phone interview.
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