Kara Hay, Chief Executive Officer and President, is a Maine native. She came to Penquis in 2009 as the Deputy Director and Operations Manager for the Penquis Child Development Department and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Penquis in June, 2014. Kara collaborates with the Board of Directors to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with Penquis core mission. She provides inspirational leadership and direction enabling Penquis to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives. She ensures the delivery of high quality services while managing for current and future growth. She oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short range financial plans and sets financial priorities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Maine, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University, Hawaii. She has extensive experience working with children, families and communities. Previously, she worked as a Mental Health Casework Supervisor for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, as a Children's Service Coordinator providing direct services and support to families experiencing domestic violence, and she has also worked as a Family Therapist and a Child Development Specialist. She has also worked as an independent consultant, providing training and consulting services to parents, mental health providers, early childhood specialists, and nonprofit and school staff.
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