Stone Harbor, NJ — The Wetlands Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Gee as Director of Development. Heather will be responsible for all phases of fundraising and donor stewardship programs in support of the mission of The Wetlands Institute.

Heather has dedicated her entire career to philanthropy, most recently in the Philadelphia and tri-state area. She is a dynamic professional with an extensive background in nearly all aspects of advancement. She has served in leadership positions in a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including health and human services, performing arts, higher education and philanthropic and professional services.

Throughout her career Heather has participated in ongoing educational training both as a student and as a presenter. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP). She regularly presents to various audiences and has been a leader in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (AFP, GPC) where she has also served as President of the Board.

Heather joins The Wetlands Institute at a time of major growth and rededication of the organization as it becomes a center of excellence in coastal and wetland research, conservation and education. Heather joins a dynamic leadership team charged with diversifying and enhancing all aspects of the Institute.

“The addition of Heather to the Institute leadership team provides the final piece in our restructuring and programmatic enhancement,” stated Executive Director Dr. Lenore Tedesco. “The Institute has undergone tremendous growth in the past 3 years and we are extremely excited to add her skills to the organization as we plan for the future.  All of us are pleased to have her join us.”

Chairman of the Board Ray Burke commented: “The Board has undertaken an aggressive agenda designed to make the Wetlands Institute a leader in coastal research, conservation and education. Under Dr. Tedesco’s leadership we are assembling a first rate team of professionals to move the mission forward. Heather will occupy a critical position on the Team. The Board is not only excited about the scientific possibilities. The organization is focused on becoming a significant source of professional employment opportunity for Cape May County.”

“I am so excited to be joining The Wetlands Institute, especially at this exhilarating time.” said Heather Gee, “With new leadership staff, committed board members and such a strong visionary leader, the Institute is poised to reach new heights and I am honored to join such a talented team. In the coming months, I hope to meet the many donors, friends and volunteers whose support is so vital to advancing the mission of the Institute.”

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