WCAP names new CEO

Sep 01, 2018
Donna M. Kelley, new president and CEO of Waldo Community Action Partners.

Belfast — After a six-month search, Waldo Community Action Partners’ board of directors announced it has offered the position of president and CEO to Donna M. Kelley of Belfast.

Kelley is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maine and joins WCAP from Kennebec Behavior Health, where she worked for 18 years. Her appointment was effective Aug. 13.

“I know I speak for the hiring committee and the entire board when I share our excitement that Donna has agreed to join us as the next president and CEO,” said Kim Mitchell, board chairman, in the Aug. 29 announcement. “She has extensive experience in data-driven policy development, program development, fiscal management, grant management and administration.”

A graduate of Belfast Area High School, Kelley earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Maine and her Master's in Social Work degree from the University of New England.

She has held a variety of leadership roles, primarily in the areas of community mental health services and youth and adult homeless outreach. She continues to serve on many boards in the community, including the Maine Continuum of Care Board, bringing HUD homeless funding to Maine, the Statewide Homeless Council, and the Region II Homeless Council.

Kelley joins WCAP with a demonstrated passion for community social welfare and advocacy and a track record of community engagement, according to the announcement.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish at the helm of Waldo Community Action Partners, Kelley spoke to the work the agency has already done. “I am hoping that some of my background and experience can help the agency continue to grow, to meet existing and emerging needs,” she said.

Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, private nonprofit organization in Belfast. It is designed to mobilize public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents in alleviating poverty and to address its underlying causes.

For more information, visit waldocap.org or call 338-6809.


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