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Fenway Health Names Cheryl Katon as VP of Resource Development and Donor Engagement

Lindauer partnered with Fenway Health to build a senior team that will position the health center as a transformative leader in intersectional LGBTQIA+ care and research. As part of this team build, Cheryl Katon joins Fenway Health as Vice President of Resource Development and Donor Engagement.

Fenway Health announces that Cheryl Katon has been hired as its Vice President of Resource Development and Donor Engagement. Priorities for this leadership level include creating and implementing a development and engagement strategy that is anti-racist, responsive to the fast-moving landscape of LGBTQIA+ philanthropy, and inclusive of donors from all giving levels and ages. The first openly transgender person to join Fenway Health’s leadership team, Katon began work on May 3, 2021.

For the past 27 years, Katon has worked for Boy Scouts of America (BSA), where she presented at work under her masculine identity. Since 2010 she has been the executive director of Spirit of Adventure Council, a semi-autonomous BSA affiliate serving 12,000 youth and their families from 76 municipalities in eastern Massachusetts, where she increased funding for the organization, and employed new outreach and marketing to increase participation of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC youth and their families. Last year, she led a multi-state collaboration of Scouting councils throughout New England to offer services to youth struggling with pandemic-related loneliness and isolation. Katon is also on the board of directors of Trans Club of New England and chaired First Event, the second-largest transgender conference in the United States, in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2019 she received the “LGBTQ+ People of Color Ally Award” from Get Konnected; that same year Trans Club of New England was awarded the “Black Trans Advocacy Award” from Black Trans Men, Inc.

“We are enormously excited to welcome Cheryl to Fenway Health,” said Carl Sciortino, Fenway’s Executive Vice President of External Relations. “Cheryl is a proven leader who has employed strategic vision, creativity, and innovation throughout her career. As Fenway celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Cheryl’s contributions to our team will be vital as we plan for the next 50.”

A federally qualified community health center, Boston’s Fenway Health was founded in 1971 to serve the healthcare needs of the LGBTQIA+ community, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the broader population.

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