Hildene announces director of advancement

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MANCHESTER — Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home has announced the addition of Nan Bambara as the organization's director of advancement.

Bambara has roots in the community having graduated from Burr and Burton Academy before embarking on a career that included the Peace Corps, as well as leadership positions in both the private and nonprofit sectors in Florida, Maryland and Vermont.

She most recently served as president of the BBA Parent Association.

"I'm excited to be joining Hildene, a place that's familiar to me and to my family, and such a valuable asset to our community and beyond," Bambara said.

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President Seth Bongartz, who will retire at the end of the year after 18 years in charge of Hildene, said Bambara will help grow Hildene.

"Nan is coming to Hildene at an important time in our history after four decades of growth," Bongartz said. "Looking forward, it is important to understand that our work is never done. We can always do better and there are always more lives to touch. We are very fortunate to have generous and loyal supporters and I believe Nan is the right person at the right time to help grow our capacity."

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Bambara embraces Hildene's mission, "Values into Action," which is at the core of programming.

"Hildene is providing education to all ages, with a thoughtful, purposeful, and age-appropriate delivery," Bambara said. "I like that Hildene is educating the whole family, from a toddler's first touch of a baby goat to grandparents learning how to prune an apple tree.

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The opportunity to support work that is having a meaningful impact on more than 40,000 guests annually is powerful."

Incoming President Brian Keefe, said "Nan will be part of the new leadership team that will continue to build Hildene's legacy of excellence, made possible by the remarkable support of staff, volunteers, donors and members of the community."

Hildene is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, log on to www.hildene.org, or call 802-362-1788.


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