Megan’s House Names Kathleen McDonald New Executive Director
Salem, MA resident brings a wealth of experience in the non-profit field to the organization,
having served the arts, education and social services
LOWELL, MA – The Megan House Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kathleen McDonald as the organization’s new Executive Director. The Salem, Massachusetts resident is set to lead the Foundation through a tremendous growth period as it establishes multiple Success Homes and Social Enterprises to extend the bridge to recovery for graduates of the Megan’s House program.
“Kathleen is exactly the type of leader we were looking for to guide us into the next phases of our mission,” said Megan’s House Founder and President Tim Grover. “Her experience, passion and forward-thinking approach to recovery is the perfect complement to the talented team we already have in place and the solid base they have established for the organization.
As part of the advancement team that launched Salem State University’s first comprehensive campaign, McDonald helped raise over $11 million, creating major gift proposals for support. She has also successfully secured multi-million dollar federal and state contracts, as well as six figure private foundation gifts for organizations such as Stoneham Theatre (now known as Greater Boston Stage Company) and at Lynn Economic Opportunity (LEO), an anti-poverty community action agency in Lynn, MA. In her position at LEO, McDonald was part of the executive leadership team responsible for developing long range strategies for sustainability and growth, developing and strengthening staff resources, professional development and establishing strategies for major capital renovations to improve services. She holds a Master’s Degree from Simmons College and a Bachelor’s from Salem State University.
“Kathleen stood out in a very deep and qualified field of candidates who applied for the position,” said Chairman of the Board Robert Gignac. “Her insight into the needs of a social services organization and her commitment to furthering the mission of the Megan House Foundation will prove invaluable as we embark on a period of tremendous growth.”
McDonald was already familiar with Megan’s House and the amazing work being done to help young women in recovery, having learned of the organization through Greater Boston’s wide social services network.
“What Megan’s House has established in terms of services and reputation in just two short years is unprecedented,” said McDonald. “My family is one of the thousands to feel the shock, fear and grief related to the opioid epidemic and I am grateful to now serve in a professional role inspiring others to share and invest in a cause that has touched me personally. I see hope and possibility at The Megan House Foundation, and I want others to know that recovery is possible.”
The mission of the Megan House Foundation is to improve the quality of life of its residents through an evidence-based substance use disorder treatment program that emphasizes individual dignity, self-respect and empowerment. Through its long-term residential treatment program, Success Homes and the Social Enterprises scheduled to begin operation in the coming years, the Foundation has established a culture that promotes wellness and success.