ELLSWORTH, ME – Michael Reisman, the face of the Beth C Wright Cancer Resource Center for the past 18 years, will be retiring on July 1, 2022. He has welcomed folks through the Center doors to a place of safety and comfort during a difficult time in their lives.
Before his days at the Beth Wright Center, Michael served as the Program Director at Island Connections in Bar Harbor from 1997 to 2004. In March 2004, he accepted the offer of the Executive Director position for the Beth Wright Center. At that time, he worked double-duty for both organizations during his transition.
Initially, Michael worked out of a small office in Ellsworth until space at 3 High Street became available. Lorraine (Allen) and Joe Saunders gave the unused Allen family home to the Center to use rent free.
The BWC got its new home in 2011 at 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth when Wayne Wright, Beth Wright’s widower, purchased a building and land and donated it to the Center to use at its headquarters. Through a capital campaign the organization raised money and repaid Wayne for his thoughtful and generous gift, and then in 2014 another capital campaign was launched to build an addition on to provide a library, 3 additional offices, a kitchen, and another lavatory.
The seed organization for Beth Wright Center, Choose Life, was started by Beth Wright to provide support to those who had cancer in Downeast Maine. She herself was diagnosed with cancer at the time. Beth Wright Center has grown into a powerful, supportive, and caring advocacy organization for our family, friends, and neighbors across the state because of her vision, Beth would be proud.
This could not have come to fruition without Beth’s husband, her two children, family, friends, and the rest of the community pulling together to make it happen. Michael has continued to serve as the dedicated, diplomatic, caring, and compassionate leader that has been able to carry on Beth’s mission to help others far and wide.
The time has come to bid farewell to this very special man as he moves to the next venture of his life. His dedication will live on. He will move forward to enjoy gardening, jogging and travel. A trip to Portugal is in the works plus spending more time with family. He says he is open to any new hobby ideas.
The Beth C Wright Board of Directors has chosen Angela Fochesto to serve as the next Executive Director. She was formerly the Patient Navigator at Healthy Acadia. Michael says,” I believe the Beth Wright Center will be in good hands with Angela”.
We are not saying goodbye, Michael, we are saying we’ll see you later, my friend, and have a great time! Thank you for all you have done, we love you and wish you all the very best.
A retirement party will be held for Michael on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 3:00 pm at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth. Feel free to join us to celebrate all of Michael’s work over the years and to wish him the best.