Kara Hay, a Maine native, serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Penquis, Maine’s largest and extremely comprehensive Community Action Program serving low- and moderate-income individuals. Ms. Hay works with the Board of Directors to refine and implement the strategic plan for Penquis while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with the Penquis core mission. Ms. Hay oversees the financial status of the organization including developing long and short range financial plans and sets financial priorities. She also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte White Center, a social service agency that provides residential, outreach, and counseling services to people affected by cognitive or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, domestic violence, or acquired brain injuries. 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. Ms. Hay 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.