Lynne Loresch ’68 retires after 31 years with the Mental Health Association

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July 1, 2016

Lynne Loresch ’68 has retired after 31 successful years with the Mental Health Association of Washington County. With Loresch at the helm as the executive director, the Mental Health Association grew from a volunteer agency with a budget of $21,000 in 1985 to a large nonprofit with a budget of more than $2 million and a staff of 60 employees who assist approximately 2,500 people in Washington County annually through its programs and services.

Reflecting on her time at the Mental Health Association, Loresch said, “The thing I’m most proud of, I suppose, is turning (the Mental Health Association) from basically a volunteer organization into a professional one, and being able to offer all kinds of services from housing to advice to teaching skills. I’m pleased when I look at what we’ve achieved.”

Prior to joining the Mental Health Association, Loresch, a native of Chicago, Ill., and a graduate of Rosary College, an all-female school, worked as a special education teacher in the Canon-McMillan School District. She later was employed as a real estate agent and business management consultant.

A mother of two, Loresch plans to spend more time with her two grandchildren, who live near Austin, Texas.

“It’s time. I’m going to be 70 years old, I’ve been here 31 years. That’s a long time,” said Loresch. “I have a family that I really want to be more available to. I want to be with my children, grandchildren and my extended family.”

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