MANCHESTER - Cathleen A. Schmidt, executive director and CEO of McLane Law Firm, has joined the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications Board of Trustees. The nonprofit school offers free classes and low-cost workshops in a wide range of communications and First Amendment topics.
Schmidt joined McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association last year, after almost six years as president and CEO of Citizens Bank of New Hampshire and Vermont.
"We are honored that Cathy has agreed to do this," said school President Joseph W. McQuaid. "She is well-known as someone who cares deeply about the New Hampshire community and we look forward to her lending her expertise and passion to the school."
Schmidt said she is "excited about the opportunity" and that "Mrs. Loeb left a generous educational legacy. This school inspires interest, integrity and excellence in all forms of communication and reinforces the value and importance of our First Amendment rights."
Schmidt has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Economic Development Corp. and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts.
She is past chair of the Granite United Way Board of Directors and is on the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Board of Overseers for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Founded in 1999, the Loeb School offers classes taught by communications and business professionals. Topics range from the First Amendment to journalism and photography as well as public speaking to social media and resume writing.