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Crotched Mountain Foundation CEO to retire by year’s end

  • Michael Coughlin. Courtesy photo

  • Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/13/2019 7:53:37 PM

Crotched Mountain Foundation President and CEO Michael Coughlin has announced his retirement and will step down from both positions before the year’s end. 

Coughlin said in an interview Wednesday that he decided to retire after realizing he wanted to leave Crotched Mountain with the same energy and drive he brought to his non-profit work over the past 40 years. 

“The magic of Crotched Mountain… it’s a place like no other. I wish I got here 20 years ago,” Coughlin, who began working at Crotched Mountain in March of 2016. “We’re doing work no one in the country is quite doing.”

In his tenure, Coughlin said he is most proud of two things: building “a damn good leadership team” and the renewed focus on the foundation’s school. 

After Crotched Mountain closed its specialty hospital in August of 2017, Coughlin said there has been a “renewed focus” on adding programs to expand the school and to serve more kids.

“Our school is growing. We will continue to see more children, we will continue to be that resource,” Coughlin said. 

The board of directors are working through a national search process to identify Coughlin’s successor. The plan is to have Coughlin's successor in place this summer or fall.

“Mike had guided Crotched Mountain through some of its most consequential years,” Nancy VanVranken, chair of the Crotched Mountain Board of Directors, said in a press release issued Tuesday. “He leaves us with a legacy of a growing residential school, increased community impact through services like Crotched Mountain Community Care and Ready Set Connect autism centers, and an innumerable amount of touched lives. We are grateful for his service and look forward to continuing the momentum he helped create.”

Coughlin has spent more than four decades in the non-profit sector, with Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc., Rehabilitative Resources in Massachusetts, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and Genesis Behavioral Health in Laconia. 

On the eve of his retirement, Coughlin hopes to complete “all the [retirement] fantasies that everyone has” including hiking, spending time with family, and completing his wife’s “honey-do list.”

“I have absolute confidence in the team here, I wouldn’t leave otherwise,” Coughlin said. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or 


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