Rural Community Action Ministry announces new executive director

Jan Daku

LEEDS — Rural Community Action Ministry’s board of directors recently named Janice E. Daku its new executive director. RCAM is a private nonprofit agency entering its 49th year providing services to vulnerable rural families, focusing primarily on 13 rural towns in central and western Maine — Buckfield, Canton, Greene, Hartford, Leeds, Litchfield, Livermore, Monmouth, Sabattus,Sumner, Turner, Wales and Wayne.

“The skill set, experience, success and passion that Janice brings as the new executive director is exactly what RCAM needs for its next chapter,” said Geoff Miller, RCAM board chairman. “Her experience with needs assessments and strategic planning are key as the board and staff prepare for RCAMs future and its 50th anniversary in 2020.”
Daku has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience, much of which has been in a community action agency environment. Daku was recently awarded certified community action professional emerita, and is one of 12 commissioners on the national Community Action Partnership Commission. Her experience includes grant writing and fundraising; public speaking; staff training; marketing and public relations in both for-profits and non-profits; partnership and collaboration building; and legislative advocacy.
“I feel blessed to have this opportunity to lead an organization that has been tirelessly meeting the needs of vulnerable people in rural Maine communities,” said Daku.
RCAM works with vulnerable people to help meet their needs for safe, adequate shelter, clothing, food and basic well-being in a way that maintains or improves their self-worth and dignity. RCAM is a United Way member agency. Daku can be reached by phone at 207-524-5095, ext. 208, and by email at

PHOTO: RCAM Executive Director Janice E. Daku (Submitted photo)