PACIFIC COUNTY - The Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) Board of Directors has named Chief Financial Officer Craig Dublanko as the new chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Dublanko succeeds Troy Colley, who resigned in August as executive director so he could focus on family matters.

"We're glad to have Craig's expertise and commitment to CCAP," said board chair Dan Wood. "Craig has been with us for about 12 years as our finance director and is intimately familiar with everything we do for our clients and the community."

CCAP serves senior, low-income and disabled residents in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Programs range from senior nutrition, job training, housing and food assistance, job and medical training, home energy assistance and much more. CCAP provides a variety of senior services in South Pacific County in partnership with PACE, operating out of the Ilwaco Community Building.

"I'm excited for this new role with CCAP," said Dublanko. "I've had the privilege of working with two great executives (Colley and his predecessor Neal Shanbeck) and I want to build upon the vision and improvements they brought to the agency."

CCAP has attracted national interest lately because of its windmill project at Grayland, making it the first social service agency in the nation to get into the commercial wind energy market.

Dublanko worked with both Colley and Shanbeck on the Coastal Energy Project to build four wind turbines at Grayland as a means to generate new income for social service programs.

"It's been a team effort all along," said Dublanko. "That is the spirit we have here at CCAP and I very much intend for that to continue."

Wood noted that the board considered whether to conduct a nationwide search for a new CEO.

"All options were on the table," said Wood. "We weighed our options and recognized that we could not do any better that what we already have. Craig has extensive expertise, support from our board and staff, and a big heart for our clients. That sums up what we need in a CEO."

Dublanko will immediately begin a process to hire a new finance manager.

CCAP has many programs and services to meet needs of senior, low-income and disabled residents in our local area.

The CCAP offices can be reached at 533-5100 or in Pacific County at 875-8194. Find them on the Web at (www.CoastalCAP.org).

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