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Chittenden County Humane Society CEO Nancy Cathcart to Step Down


Nancy Cathcart will step down from her post as head of the Humane Society of Chittenden County in September.

Cathcart, who has spent four years as president and CEO of the South Burlington nonprofit, will resign to focus on her health, according to a press release the organization put out on Friday. Her final day will be September 15. The release says:

In the fall of 2016, Nancy Cathcart was preparing for long-needed bilateral knee replacement surgery when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The Board and staff accommodated her leave of absence and part-time status through treatments. As she approached another extended leave of absence for knee replacement surgery, she made the decision to resign her position to focus on her healing and recovery.

Cathcart, who has worked in fundraising for numerous local and state nonprofits, called her tenure with the Humane Society "the greatest challenge and the greatest learning experience of my career."

"I leave with a heavy heart but full of pride for all that we have accomplished," she said.

Cathcart went to the Humane Society in July 2013 after spending four years as director of development and communications for the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Previously, she founded and directed the Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Champlain College.

Board chair Susan McMillan called Cathcart an "incredible and effective CEO" and credited her with "professionalism, diligence and stewardship for this organization."

The board is "developing a transition plan" to hire a new president and CEO, according to the release.

Currently, the Humane Society services Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, as well as three Franklin County towns. It has an annual operating budget of $960,000 and 15 staff members. Its revenues come from the community in the form of adoption fees, donations and fundraisers, Cathcart said.

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