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United Way Fox Cities Names Mary Downs as Interim Executive Director

United Way Fox CitiesvcsPRAsset 3671573 379397 713c2473 758d 478e a649 20a22ab7f03f 0, a nonprofit organization that brings diverse people together to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone, is excited to announce Mary Downs has been appointed its interim executive director. Starting on Oct. 10, Downs will serve as interim executive director while the United Way Fox Cities’ board of directors continues in its search for a permanent president and CEO.

“When the executive committee started the search for an interim CEO, one name kept coming up in conversations and that name was Mary Downs. Mary is so respected for the amazing things she has accomplished and for her reputation of serving our community,” said Kim Bassett, president of the board of directors, United Way Fox Cities. “While we will continue our search for permanent candidates, we could not ask for a better person to fill this role.”

Most recently, Downs was president and CEO of Catalpa Health, a mental health agency for children in the Fox Valley. Prior to her position with Catalpa, Downs worked in various leadership roles at Fox Valley Technical College®ThedaCare and spent more than 20 years at Thrivent. Outside of work, Downs has been an active community volunteer, serving on numerous boards in the Fox Valley, such as: Chaps AcademyLeadership Fox CitiesLEAVEN, Appleton Career Academy Governing Board, NAMI – Fox ValleyAppleton Downtown RotaryNEW Mental Health Connection and Nonprofit Leadership Initiative.

“I am honored to carry forth the important mission and legacy of United Way Fox Cities,” explained Downs.

To learn more about United Way Fox Cities and the many services it provides, visit unitedwayfoxcites.org.


About United Way Fox Cities

United Way Fox Cities is a nonprofit organization that brings diverse people together to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone. Its daily efforts focus on improving health, education and financial stability for residents of the Fox Cities. Through local initiatives, United Way Fox Cities provide essential assistance to those in need and works proactively to prevent future challenges. Visit unitedwayfoxcites.org to learn more about its services and how to make a difference.