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WinterKids appoints new Executive Director

WinterKids, the non-profit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity, today announced the appointment of its new executive director, Julie D. Mulkern. Mulkern, who served as WinterKids' development director since September 2008, brings 12 years of professional non-profit experience to the organization, including resource development, program development, and staff and volunteer management in the public health sector.

"We are very pleased to welcome Julie to the executive director post," said Anna Fincke, president of the WinterKids board of directors. "Her creative vision, compassion and experience will shape and expand WinterKids in exciting ways, and guide our efforts to get more kids outside and active in winter. Julie's commitment to children's health and her natural leadership ability make her a perfect fit for this executive role." 

Mulkern has dedicated her career to creating and managing programs and services that promote the health and well-being of all families. Before joining WinterKids, Mulkern was Manager of Development and Volunteer Resources at Spring Harbor Hospital, a psychiatric facility in the MaineHealth system. She created the hospital's first-ever volunteer program and managed a philanthropy program that helped lift the stigma of mental illness and increase monetary support for patient care, prevention, and awareness programs. Mulkern also developed volunteer programs for the American Cancer Society and Community Counseling Center in Portland, building lasting relationships with hospitals, foundations, community groups and businesses across the state.

"I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead WinterKids," said Mulkern. "Winter is Maine's best and longest season, and our kids deserve to enjoy it. Our programs reduce some of the barriers to outdoor winter activity, and offer children from all walks of life the chance to have fun and stay healthy. I look forward to working with our board of directors, our talented staff and our many partners and supporters across Maine to help WinterKids grow and reach more kids and families."

Mulkern holds a B.A. from Bates College and has certifications in philanthropy from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was born and raised in northern Maine, and now resides in Gorham with her husband, Ric Mulkern.

WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. WinterKids' 2010-2011 sponsors include Hannaford Supermarkets and Healthy Maine Partnerships.  Other major supporters include L.L.Bean, New Balance Foundation, TD Bank, the TD Charitable Foundation and Walmart. For more information, please visit

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