March 29, 2017
 
Bridgewell Appoints Director of Development and Marketing

Rita McAteer
October 20, 2016 — Bridgewell, a Lynnfield nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities, recently announced that Rita McAteer has been appointed director of development and marketing.

McAteer will be responsible for expanding the organization' s efforts to increase donor support and fundraising, as well as elevate awareness of its services and role in the community.

Robert S. Stearns, chief executive officer of Bridgewell, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rita to the team and look forward to tapping into her extensive skill set related to fundraising and marketing to support Bridgewell’s mission of helping individuals reach their full potential."

McAteer is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of marketing, communications, and fundraising experience, having led strategies around major donor programs and institutional giving portfolios, advertising and community engagement initiatives, as well as strategic business partnerships.

Most recently, she served as director of external affairs for the Office of the Arts at Emerson College, where she also had served as director of marketing and strategic partnerships.

Earlier, she was associate director of development and external affairs at the Handel and Haydn Society and associate director of development at Boston Lyric Opera director of marketing at Huntington Theatre Company.

McAteer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and journalism from the University of Rhode Island.

Established in 1958, Bridgewell today serves more than 6,000 individuals and their families annually through 100 programs offered in 23 communities in eastern Massachusetts. With more than 1,300 employees, Bridgewell’s provides residential services, day habilitation, behavioral health services, employment training, transitional homeless services, affordable housing, and substance abuse and addiction services.

For the year ending June 30, 2015, Bridgewell reported $60.2 million in revenue, of which $659,000 came from contributions and grants, and $59.9 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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