About Us


Laurence W. Gross, Executive Director

Larry received a Master in Public Administration in 1976 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1974 from the University of Maine. He has been executive director of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging since 1983. Larry is responsible for the management and operations of this 130+-employee agency with an annual budget of approximately $5 million dollars. 

Randy Davis, Finance Director

Katlyn Blackstone, Director of Community Services

Katlyn is a licensed social worker and has a Master of Science in education with a major in gerontology. She first joined the Southern Maine Agency on Aging in 2001 as an elder advocate and became a Medicare Part D specialist in 2004, responsible for educating the public about the changes to the Federal Medicare Program. In 2006, Katlyn accepted the supervisor position in the department and was named director in 2007.

Kate Putnam, Director of Development and Marketing

Carol Rancourt, Director of Volunteer Services

Carol received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine. She has done graduate work in gerontology at the Ethel Percy Andrus School at the University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University.

Ms. Rancourt is a licensed social worker and has specializing in Medicare education at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) since 1999. She attends annual training by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid training and Maine’s State Health Insurance Program.

She is responsible for Volunteer Connections & RSVP, a national program that places volunteers in a variety of positions across southern Maine. Her position encompasses training SMAA staff and a corps of 35 Volunteer Medicare Advocates, when the latest Medicare and health insurance changes become available in the fall.

Polly Bradley, Director of Adult Day Services

Debra Thomas, Program Manager, Truslow Adult Day Health Center

Debra has a Bachelor of Arts in social work. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts where she received the Outstanding Senior in Social Work Award. She is a licensed social worker who has been working in geriatrics for more than 25 years. Her career began as a care manager for Senior Home Care in Boston. In 1983, she returned to her native Maine where she held various positions serving seniors. She was a social services director at two nursing homes and the administrator of an assisted living facility. She has been affiliated with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging for more than 25 years. She was hired in 1985 and worked as a case manager for seven years. She returned as an advocate in and was then promoted to her current administrative position to oversee the Adult Day Program in the fall of 2005.

Edward (Ted) Trainer, Director of Healthy Aging

Ted received both a master and a doctorate in public heath from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his undergraduate degree is from Harvard College. He has worked as program manager for the United Nations Population Fund and Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and helped build an international public-private sector partnership for polio eradication as the program manager of PolioPlus with the Rotary Foundation. Before joining the Southern Maine Agency on Aging in 2006, Ted was a project officer for the Maine Cardiovascular Health Program.

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