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Downeast Community Partners (DCP) has announced the hiring of Sharon Catus as director of development.


Catus comes to DCP from Maine Maritime Academy, where she filled several positions over her years there, including fundraising to refurbish the schooner Bowdoin and helping to launch the academy’s $20 million “Opening Doors, Changing Lives” scholarship campaign.

Catus also served as the faculty/staff liaison to the university’s swim team and was affectionately known as a “second mom” to many students. She is completing her master’s degree in organizational leadership and will be launching a number of efforts to support DCP’s mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities.

“I am thrilled to be at DCP, an organization that represents the best of Downeast Maine,” Catus said. “The opportunity to help build a future for so many and serve as a catalyst for improving the quality of life in Hancock and Washington counties inspires me. I am grateful to be here.”

“Sharon brings experience, enthusiasm and commitment to our organization,” said DCP Executive Director Rebecca Palmer. “I look forward to working with her to improve the lives of hundreds of people in Downeast Maine, as we strive to offer support where it is needed the most; where it makes a real difference.”

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