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Meet The New CAEDC Staff

The year 2022 brought several new faces to CAEDC, mainly focused on economic development projects and initiatives outlined in our new strategic plan. Here’s a little inside info on some of our newest additions.

Mary Breaithwaite – Director of Finance and Administration

Mary started with CAEDC in July 2022 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Mary manages all financial activity to ensure regulatory compliance, accounting principles and policies, and organizational cash flow, including the annual budget cycle and investment strategy. Mary also act as a credit officer for all internal and external loan programs to ensure delinquency risks are minimized, as well as supervise the loan processing.

Katie Gray – Workforce Development Manager

Katie joined CAEDC at the end of October as our new Workforce Development Manager, tasked with providing leadership on workforce initiatives and partnerships, as well as identify skills necessary for job seekers to be a successful contributor to Cumberland Valley businesses today and in the future.

Sara McKinney – Finance & Grants Compliance Manager

Sara started her journey at CAEDC in November as the Finance & Grants Compliance Manager, and is responsible for financing activity related to business lending, grant writing, administration and compliance, audit and Special Program or Project support.

We asked them about some of their favorite things to do in the Cumberland Valley.

What did you do before coming to CAEDC?

Mary: I have worked in the Finance/Accounting field for over twenty years in various industries. Before joining CAEDC as Director of Finance and Administration, I was a controller at a Dauphin County manufacturing company.

Katie: Before coming to CAEDC, I was a sales development representative for an educational technology company. Prior to that I was an educator for 12 years in PA and FL. I also have early career experience in marketing and public relations.

Sara: Before CAEDC, I was a team leader for 6 years, while being a BSBA major at Shippensburg University. After graduating, I became a loan processor and underwriter for a local mortgage broker.

What projects have you jumped into since coming to CAEDC?

Mary: The most recent ones are the RACP process and working with the CCIDA.

Katie: I am currently introducing myself to several potential workforce partners – including Career & Technical Centers, Intermediate Units, educational institutions, and social service programs – to establish a working relationship for future endeavors relating to workforce and training. I am also part of the AmeriCorps VISTA Advisory Council at Shippensburg University as well as the Local Advisory Committee for Cumberland Perry Area CTC.

Sara: Since being with CAEDC, I have been actively participating in the CCIDA and board approvals for RACPs. As well as our year-round grant and loan clientele, I have taken on the remaining COVID grant participants. I have been tasked with the upkeep of our post-closing/auditing of all current records for CAEDC too.

Where Is Your Favorite Place to Eat and Shop In the Cumberland Valley?

Mary: Even though I have lived in the Central PA area for over twenty years, I have not ventured to Cumberland Valley until joining the CAEDC team. In the past 5 months, I have enjoyed eating at the Sage Café , Ever Grain Brewing Company, and Pizza Boy Brewing Co/Al of Hampden.

Katie: Momma Spriggs Restaurant quickly became one of our favorite places to eat. Their Filet Oscar is YUM!

Sara: One of my favorite spots to eat in Carlisle is Mount Fuji. When I am just going for a grab-and-go-snack, I love to visit the Holly Pike Farmers Market or Peters Orchard.

What Is Your Most Favorite Thing To Do in the Cumberland Valley?

Mary: I am enjoying exploring Cumberland Valley with my family. I cannot wait for warmer weather so we can explore all the hiking trails. And, of course, trying out more restaurants on this side of this river.

Katie: My husband and I really enjoy frequenting local breweries and wineries. When we first moved to the area about a year and a half ago, we discovered the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail and wineries list on the tourism website, so we have been visiting those on weekends.

Sara: Cumberland Valley to me is home; there are so many fun things to do that it is hard to pick just one. I love walking with my dog around the Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs or Laurel Lake in Gardners. When I have relaxing days, I like to have campfires and go fishing on the Yellow Breeches which run through my property.

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