Rebecca Hatfield’s first day as president and CEO of Avesta Housing in Maine also happened to be her daughter’s first day of kindergarten. Hatfield woke up extra early so she’d have time to wait at the bus stop with her daughter, whose name and teacher were written on a tag hanging over the dress that her daughter had picked out for her first day.
“She wanted to be perfect, and I wanted to be perfect,” Hatfield recalls.
After the bus pulled away, Hatfield jumped in her car and rushed to the office, where she has served as president and CEO since September. She had a moment of wondering: Could she do it all? But as soon as she saw the staff, most of whom she’d gotten to know during her seven years with the organization, she felt a surge of energy and got to work.