Rick Danforth has been named president of TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Danforth, who replaces Barb Cady, TOPS president since 2005, has been serving as the TOPS state coordinator for Maine since 2011, according to a news release from the organization.

Danforth will be the first male president of TOPS, he joined a chapter in Maine in 2003, according to the release.

Earlier this year, Danforth stepped down as the Quality Assurance Officer/Laboratory Program Advisor/Bioterrorism Officer for the state of Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory, where he had worked since November 1999. Prior to that, he worked as a microbiologist for MaineGeneral Medical Center for more than 19 years. He has also served as a Selectman in the Town of Chelsea for the past 25 years.