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Children’s Clinic names Maine resident as its executive director

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The North Country Children’s Clinic has named Daniel A. Wasneechak as its next executive director, effective mid-August.

Mr. Wasneechak, currently director of government programs at Martin’s Point Health Care, Portland, Maine, was selected from among 10 applicants, according to Janice L. Charles, interim executive director.

“He’s an outstanding administrator and manager and wonderful people person,” she said. “From everything I’ve heard about him, he’s got great integrity.”

He also has an impressive resume. As director of government programs, Mr. Wasneechak is responsible for ongoing operations, development and execution of the comprehensive strategic plan for the Tricare Uniformed Services Family Health Plan at Martin’s Point, according to a clinic news release. He is a registered nurse and retired U.S. Navy captain and has been a practice administrator for 16 family practice physicians and executive officer of a naval hospital.

Mr. Wasneechak is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a certified managed care executive, and is licensed as a registered nurse in New York and Maine. He is on the board of directors for Operation Tribune, a regional program that honors children of active-duty service members, and the Military Officers Association of America in southern Maine.

Mrs. Charles said Mr. Wasneechak’s connection to the military was a bonus, but not the only factor considered in his selection as executive director.

“Very frankly, as the health care system is changing greatly now, we need someone with all the skills he has,” she said. “We’re in a good place now, and I think his leadership will take this organization into a sustainable future. I feel really, really good about it and certainly the board does.”

Board President Angela Gray said in the news release that the selection of Mr. Wasneechak “was supported unanimously by both the board and staff and we look forward to a very productive working relationship.”

He replaces Collene D. Alexander, who resigned from the clinic’s top post in October after three months on the job. Mrs. Charles, co-founder of the agency, has served as interim director since. Mrs. Charles said she already has given Mr. Wasneechak the base for orientation, but she will remain on staff for a few weeks after he arrives to help with the transition.

Mrs. Charles said Mr. Wasneechak’s experience in managing large health care facilities will help the Children’s Clinic as it moves forward with its federally qualified health center status.

According to the news release, Mr. Wasneechak grew up in the state’s Southern Tier. He has a wife, Barbara, and three grown children.

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