ELLSWORTH — The Next Step Domestic Violence Project has announced the hiring of Rebecca Hobbs as the organization’s new executive director.
Hobbs has been involved in the domestic violence movement for 20 years, including 12 years of employment at Spruce Run in Bangor. She is a certified public accountant and recently left The CPA Solution in Bangor to join the staff at The Next Step.
“Our departing executive director, Laurie Fogelman, has provided outstanding leadership for TNS over the last 11 years,” said Board Chairman Kim Page. “Laurie made the decision to retire early in 2011 and has worked with the board to find a new executive director.
“TNS is excited to have Rebecca Hobbs continuing to advance our mission. She brings a wealth of experience in domestic violence and a solid financial background. The board looks forward to working with Rebecca.”
The Next Step, a nonprofit organization founded in 1993, is a full-service, freestanding domestic violence project serving Washington and Hancock counties. Its mission is to support and empower people whose lives are affected by domestic violence, while striving to prevent and end the cycle of domestic violence through education and social change.
The Next Step provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, support groups and training, consultation and systems advocacy to people whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse.
The toll-free, 24-hour hotline numbers are (800) 315-5579 or (888) 604-8692.