Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Catherine Baker Joins HAC Staff

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 11:14 AM



This week, HAC welcomed former Board Member Catherine Baker to its staff, helping to bolster the agency's development efforts to increase donor engagement. 

Baker, who lives in Cotuit, will serve as HAC's Assistant Director of Development, supporting the nonprofit in achieving its fundraising goals, "As a past board member, I'm thrilled to join the HAC team," she said. "I truly look forward to meeting our donors and engaging our community in the organization's multifaceted programs and services." 

She comes to HAC with a breadth of experience in the nonprofit sector of Cape Cod. Most recently, she was the Donor and Community Relations Manager at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. Prior to that, she worked at Cape Cod Academy, Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. 

"Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the work we do to her position at HAC," said Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck. "Both will play a critical role in communicating the impact of our agency to current and prospective donors and supporters." 

At HAC's Annual Dinner in May, Baker joined its Board of Directors and in that capacity helped chair the agency's Big Fix in Harwich in September. In accepting her new position at HAC, Baker resigned from the board. 

A 2009 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Baker received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Endicott College in Beverly, in 2013. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) of Cape Cod as well as the Philanthropy Day Marketing Committee. In June, Baker was the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. 

Tags: Fundraising, Big Fix, 40 Under 40, HAC staff, Anne Van Vleck, Annual Dinner, Harwich Big Fix, Catherine Baker, development

Bussiere Honored with 40 Under 40 Award

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 08:30 AM


HAC’s Derick Bussiere was presented with a 40 Under 40 Award in June by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. The awards place a spotlight on those like Bussiere who are not only excelling in their careers, but making a positive impact on the region at a young age.

Bussiere has been with HAC since April 2014, first serving as a housing search specialist, helping to find housing for homeless men and women at the NOAH Shelter. He recently was promoted to outreach specialist, focused on engaging homeless men and women on Cape Cod and helping them access the services they need to get off the streets.

Prior to arriving at HAC, Bussiere has been a longtime volunteer at the agency thanks to his mother, Deanna Bussiere, who is HAC’s event and resource development coordinator and who has worked here for nearly 15 years. Derick’s volunteerism has included playing music at a number of HAC events, including last year’s Quahog Challenge.

Click here to learn more about Bussiere, his role at HAC and the contributions he has made to those we serve. 

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