Dr. Lenard W. Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the UMaine Center on Aging. He is the Project Director for the Grandfamilies Certificate Program. Under his leadership, the Center on Aging has spearheaded efforts to support grandfamily caregiving in Maine and beyond through the Family Connections to Resources Project (Families and Children Together/Children’s Bureau), Maine Relatives as Parents Program (Brookdale Foundation) and the Maine Rural Relatives as Parents Outreach Project (Brookdale Foundation).
Dr. Kaye has been the principal investigator and director of research/evaluation for numerous assessments of innovative community services for older adults including projects funded by the AARP Andrus Foundation, Corporation for National and Community Service, National Institute on Aging, Maine Health Access Foundation, Pew Foundation, Families USA Foundation, U.S. Administration on Aging, John Hartford Foundation, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office on Aging, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Weinberg Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Maine Community Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Brookdale Foundation, and the Maine Department of Public Safety. He currently serves as the principal investigator of the Encore Leadership Corps program, the Balancing Act Falls Prevention Study, two regional Thriving in Place evaluation initiatives, and the Penquis Regional Linking Project evaluation, and previously oversaw evaluation efforts for the Kinship Connections Project, a 4-agency collaboration supporting kinship caregiving in Maine.