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Local CEO to continue nonprofit work
Michael Nyenhuis is learning first-hand that all good things must come to an end.

On one hand, Nyenhuis, president and chief executive officer of Medical Assistance Programs International, 4700 Glynco Pkwy., Glynn County, will continue his professional work providing medical aid and supplies to less fortunate people around the world.

On the other hand, he won't be doing it at MAP, the Christian nonprofit organization he's called home for nearly 20 years. At the end of the month, Nyenhuis will assume the role of president and CEO of AmeriCares, which is based in Stamford, Conn.

"It's very difficult to go. In some sense, I'm going through a little of a grieving process," said Nyenhuis.

But he finds relief in knowing that he's moving on to another nonprofit organization that has a high degree of value to the world.

"They do a lot of international work," he says. "The work is similar enough...but different enough that it presents new challenges for me."

New challenges is all the 52-year-old Nyenhuis is looking for. After 14 years of being the president and CEO of MAP, when the opportunity to work with AmeriCares, which specializes in global emergency relief by distributing medical supplies and aid in times of disaster, presented itself, he had to take it.

AmeriCares has an annual revenue, which includes things like gifts, grants and donated supplies, that tops $526 million. MAP brought in about $300 million in 2013, respectively.

"I think the time comes professionally when you need to take on new challenges. I'm looking forward to putting my experiences to use at a new place and learning about new things in the process," said Nyenhuis. "I'm a long way from retirement."

Nyenhuis' official last day at MAP International will be Jan. 24 and he will start working at AmeriCares Jan. 27.

Chok-Pin Foo, a former MAP board member who served as treasurer, finance committee chair and member of the executive committee, will act as the interim CEO.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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