MacDougal has a strong background in strategic planning, fundraising/sales, marketing, communications, and leadership, all skills that will well-serve the growth of OAC, a young not-for-profit organization. MacDougal most recently served as President of Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati from 2009-2014 (a non-profit entity) when the school experienced positive turns in enrollment, finances, and fundraising, leading to her promotion to oversee both Mercy and McAuley High Schools for three additional years. Previously and locally, MacDougal served in corporate training and marketing for Five Seasons Country Clubs based in Covington.
Originally from New England and the Finger Lakes region of New York, MacDougal grew up with a profound appreciation for the outdoors and all its adventure. “To now work with an organization and partners dedicated to ensuring urban teens experience the great outdoors and all its positive effects is deeply rewarding. The mission of OAC is so critically important to developing thoughtful, creative, confident future leaders who see the beauty of this world as here for them, as well. Access to nature – it is a most intrinsic privilege.” MacDougal said.
Katie Kemme, Board Chair for Outdoor Adventure Clubs, added, “It was important to our Board that we not only find a leader with the diverse skill-set needed for the Executive Director position, but also a leader with strong relational skills and passion for the mission. We are confident we have found this complete profile in Kirsten MacDougal.”
Early focus for MacDougal with the Board of Directors is long term strategic planning for OAC to ensure not only continued and growing recreational adventures for area teens, but also increased education and conservation opportunities for students at even more schools.
OAC provides over 3,000 no-cost outdoor adventures each year for urban high school students throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. OAC focuses on students and schools in underserved areas where regular access to safe outdoor recreation is far more difficult to achieve. The OAC team is committed to making a difference in the lives of underserved youth by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development while fostering good stewardship of green spaces and a better understanding of the environment.
MacDougal received her B.A. from Rollins College in Florida, and her MBA work is with Ohio University. She is the first Executive Director to follow OAC Founder, Denny McFadden, and will begin full time with the organization in March.