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Maria Montanaro to leave Thundermist

April 18, 2011

I just got an email from Maria Montanaro, the CEO of Thundermist Health Center.  After 14 years as the head of the organization, she’s leaving Rhode Island.

After nearly one and a half decades at the helm of Thundermist, it is with mixed emotions that I let you know that I will be leaving my position as CEO of Thundermist on Friday, June 17, 2011. This past year, my husband accepted a wonderful new position in Des Moines, Iowa. Now it is time for me to join him. He and I began our married life in the Midwest 30 years ago, so it seems fitting that as “empty nesters,” we will spend time there again. I plan to spend the next six months helping Thundermist with its leadership transition and getting to know Des Moines.

Montanaro’s husband is now working for Pioneer Hi-Bred, an agricultural seed company.  He’s heading up the company’s worldwide drought technology for corn. The couple has been apart since January, and she says “it’s starting to get old.”

Montanaro will stay with Thundermist until June 17th, and then serve as a consultant to help the non-profit conduct a nationwide search for her replacement.  Chuck Jones, Thundermist’s executive director for its Woonsocket health center, will be the interim CEO.  Montanaro would not say if he’s a candidate for the permanent position.

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