Meet our staff

Lenard Kaye, D.S.W./Ph.D.
Program Director

Len KayeLenard W. Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work, Director of the UMaine Center on Aging in the College of Business, Public Policy & Health and Program Director for ENCorps. During the 2000-2001 academic year, he was the Visiting Libra Professor in UMaine’s College of Business, Public Policy & Health. Previously, he was Professor of Social Work and Social Research and Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Associate Director of the Brookdale Institute on Aging & Adult Human Development at Columbia University.

Jennifer Crittenden, M.S.W.
Program Manager

Jennifer is Program Manager for ENCorps. She is also a Fiscal and Administrative Officer at the UMaine Center on Aging. She received both her B.A. in psychology and M.S.W. from the University of Maine. Jennifer has over seven years of research experience and has been involved in numerous research, community service, and training projects here at the university. Jennifer serves as Program Director for the Safe Medicine Disposal for ME program in addition to coordination evaluation efforts for the Rural Caregiver Network Project, and serving as a grants manager for the Maine Kinship Connections Project.

David Wihry
Research Associate

Dave WihryDavid is a Research Associate for ENCorps. A lifelong resident of Maine, he attended the University of Maine and received a B.A. in philosophy. While completing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Delaware, David served as a Graduate Research Assistant with the National Center on Elder Abuse, a program of the U.S. Administration on Aging. Among varied research subjects, David is interested in elder abuse prevention, awareness, and intervention strategies. Other interests include improving quality in long-term care facilities, as well as examining the role of transportation in aiding the quality of life of older individuals.

Silas Walsh
Program Assistant

Silas Walsh is Program Assistant for ENCorps. A University of Maine graduate student in the School of Social Work, he did his foundation year internship at the UMaine Center on Aging and immediately kindled an interest in gerontology and macro social work. Silas is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Center where he supports a variety of service, research, and evaluation projects. He is currently pursuing the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology through UMaine in addition to his MSW.