Crotched Mountain Foundation Names Michael Coughlin President & CEO

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Has Led Major Non-Profits in New Hampshire and New England

GREENFIELD, NH (February 11, 2016) – The Crotched Mountain Foundation board of directors announces that Michael W. Coughlin has been named president and chief executive officer.

A search committee, chaired by Bruce King, chief executive officer of New London Hospital and a member of the Crotched Mountain board of directors, worked in collaboration with Witt/Keiffer, a national executive search firm which specializes in health care and nonprofit organizations, to identify candidates for the Crotched Mountain leadership role. The search was convened when Don Shumway, former president and chief executive, announced his retirement in September 2015 after 13 years of service at Crotched Mountain.

“Michael Coughlin is a proven, highly capable executive who has successfully led multi-service organizations throughout his career,” said Bruce King. “His extensive professional experience and achievements, combined with his ability to connect and build relationships with people and organizations made him our top choice to lead Crotched Mountain.”

Coughlin comes to Crotched Mountain with a broad range of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently as chief executive of Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. in Berlin, New Hampshire, which serves more than 40,000 people in the North Country. He has also served in leadership roles with large, human-service non-profits including Rehabilitative Resources in Massachusetts, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Genesis Behavioral Health in Laconia, NH.

“Michael is a skillful executive who has dedicated his life’s work to leading organizations that serve vulnerable and underserved populations in New Hampshire and throughout New England,” said James Varnum, chair, Crotched Mountain Foundation board of directors. “He embraces our mission and will carry on Crotched Mountain’s legacy of empowering people with disabilities in the years to come.”

In addition to his professional leadership roles, Coughlin has been an active volunteer, serving on several boards, committees and coalitions, including the New Hampshire Endowment for Health, New Hampshire Mental Health Commission, North Country Health Consortium, and the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, among others. He is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire.

“I have long admired Crotched Mountain for its excellence, innovation and leadership in serving and advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families, and supporting their hopes and dreams,” Coughlin said. “Crotched Mountain’s commitment to providing the best possible care and services is evident in its cutting edge approaches and in the way staff members treat clients and each other with the highest levels of dignity and respect. I am honored to join the Crotched Mountain family.”

Coughlin holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, New York, New York and a bachelor of arts degree from Quinnipiac University in Hampden, Connecticut. He will assume his new role at Crotched Mountain in March.

Michael Redmond, Crotched Mountain’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, is currently serving as interim chief executive officer. 

About Crotched Mountain Foundation

Crotched Mountain Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1953 with a mission to serve individuals with disabilities and their families, embracing personal choice and development, and building communities of mutual support. Crotched Mountain provides specialized education, rehabilitation, community and residential support services for more than 3,000 people throughout New England and New York. For more information about Crotched Mountain, please visit

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