August 27, 2021
With the retirement of former CEO Kathy Covey on August 27th, Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) is excited to welcome Cate Daniels as its new CEO. As Interim CEO and Chief Program Officer at Solid Ground Seattle, Cate will begin her new role at BMAC on October 5th, 2021.
“With Cate at the helm, I can rest easy knowing that our team will have an effective and visionary leader to guide them through the next chapter of BMAC,” says departing CEO, Kathy Covey. “Her experience and commitment to service will help build a stronger community, more resilient neighbors, and continue our longtime work of equity and access. Walla Walla is very lucky to have her and her family here.”
Daniels, holds a Master of Social Work from Colorado State University and a Master In Business from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her experience in public and nonprofit sectors includes work in the areas of healthcare, education, housing, youth and family services and transportation. As leader in the nonprofit world for the last 20 years, she’s honed her skills at organizations like Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Childhaven and Solid Ground, in Seattle.
“I believe wholeheartedly in Blue Mountain Action Council’s mission, and its ability to support communities to thrive. BMAC is impressive for its impact, collaborative approaches, leadership, and community support. Alongside the BMAC board, colleagues, participants, and partners, I look forward to developing greater and equitable access to high quality services—including food, housing, job training, asset building, legal aid, advocacy, energy assistance, weatherization, home repair, and community building programs. I’ve had my eye on Walla Walla for years, and am impressed with the many ways we foster resilience here. Part of this is the commitment people have to support neighbors through volunteering and other civic engagement. I am eager to be a part of such a great organization and community,” say’s BMAC’s new CEO, Cate Daniels.
BMAC will operate as normal with their current Human Resource Officer, Lisa, Mathias, acting as interim CEO, as Daniels makes her transition to the east side.
Formed in 1966, BMAC provides opportunities for individuals and families to achieve greater levels of strength, independence, and self-sufficiency through various programs serving low-income neighbors in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.