Kniseley Named New Executive Director of Thornton Oaks

The Thornton Oaks Board of Directors has announced the selection of Don L. Kniseley as the Executive Director of Thornton Oaks Retirement Community. Kniseley succeeds Van McCullough who plans to retire after 18 years as Executive Director. Lois Skillings, President of the Board of Directors of the Thornton Oaks Homeowners Corporation, made the announcement today.

Kniseley is well known within the greater Brunswick area as the Executive Director of Tedford Housing since 2002. He led that organization to a new operational structure and implemented new programs in prevention and supportive housing. Tedford Housing was awarded the Maine Association of Nonprofits' Dirigo Award for Nonprofit Excellence in 2008.

As a Planner for Mid Coast Health Services' predecessor, Regional Memorial Hospital, Kniseley was part of the group that formed the vision for Thornton Oaks. "It has been very gratifying to see it come to fruition and to know that it is such an important part of our community," Kniseley said.

Kniseley brings a wealth of experience in administration, with more than 15 years in home health care and assisted living, much of which involved services and innovative programs for older people. He has extensive experience in nonprofit public relations, in creating annual giving, and in securing grants and annual gifts.

Kniseley has served on multiple statewide organizations benefitting the homeless and affordable housing. He has been president of the Maine Healthcare Communications Association and of the Maine Public Relations Council. He served on the Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and on the Executive Board of the Maine Public Health Association. Kniseley is a graduate of Leadership Maine, MU Class, the esteemed leadership development program of the Maine Development Foundation. He earned a Masters in Social Work from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Van McCullough has been with Thornton Oaks as Executive Director since July 1993, after retiring as a Captain from the U.S. Navy. "Van's tenure has been recognized for developing one of the most respected retirement communities in Maine which is home to nearly 200 residents who come from throughout the United States. His efforts have merited continued respect and appreciation from the residents and the Board," says Skillings.

Thornton Oaks Retirement Community is a homeowner's cooperative offering independent living in 46 private homes and 98 apartments, nestled on 29 wooded acres at 25 Thornton Way.