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Press Release: MAM President & CEO Announces Retirement

At its regular Board of Directors meeting last night, Martha Macris, President and CEO of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM), announced her plans to retire at the end of the year. Ms. Macris has been with the organization since 2005 when she was hired as MAM’s first Executive Director. Since that time, MAM has grown from a small ministry with a budget of $700,000 to one of Houston’s most highly rated and effective nonprofits. “It has been my greatest honor to lead an exceptionally talented team at Memorial Assistance Ministries and to help represent this organization in the greater Houston community. I have the utmost respect for the governing Board of Directors and I know they will make an excellent choice in their search for the next CEO. I'm deeply grateful to the donors and volunteers who have helped pave the way for our successes and I look forward to seeing new achievements through the lens of a President Emerita,” said Macris.

A cornerstone of MAM’s success has been the ability to plan well and this transition is no different. The Board of Directors has established a Transition Team led by Jack Moore, former Chairman and CEO of Cameron International. MAM will conduct a search for its new executive leader, and Ms. Macris will be available to support all aspects of the leadership transition.

MAM Chairman Chris Chandler said, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to sincerely thank Martha for her leadership at MAM. We have been blessed to have such a capable and committed leader over the last 14 years. Not only has Martha grown MAM’s capability to serve record numbers of families year after year, she led us through events including Hurricane Harvey and our merger with Literacy Advance. We wish Martha and her husband, Aris, only the best in retirement as they start the next chapter in their lives.”

MAM’s mission is to assure that families have the means to meet their basic needs. It’s network of programming addresses families’ ability to gain and maintain employment, manage household finances, establish emotional health, speak, read and write English, become citizens and solve other immigration legal problems. MAM also provides over $1m in financial assistance for rent, utility, medical, transportation and clothing to thousands in the northwest area of Houston.

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