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Cathy Bean Continues to Serve El Dorado County Even in Retirement

05/19/2015 09:48AM ● By Amber Foster

Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Cathy Bean and her husband and son moved to El Dorado County over 30 years ago, drawn to the close proximity of Lake Tahoe and the exemplary school districts in the region.

“It seemed like a great place to raise our son,” Bean says. In 2010, she retired after nearly a decade as superintendent of the El Dorado County Office of Education, and she is proud of what she was able to achieve during her tenure. “I liked doing what I could to provide purposeful education for kids,” she enthuses. “It was about helping to ensure that kids were college and career ready.”

Bean may be retired, but she definitely knows how to keep busy. She has volunteered for many local nonprofits over the years, including New Morning Youth and Family Services, an organization that provides support for at-risk youth and their families.

During her time on the board, Bean saw the construction of a 24-hour Emergency Children’s Center for runaway, homeless or in-crisis youth. In addition, she is the current chairperson of the Women’s Fund El Dorado. In helping to fulfill their mission to provide grants and support to area nonprofits, Bean hopes to someday break the cycle of poverty in the El Dorado region.

Despite these and other community activities, she remains modest about her achievements. “I think we all have a responsibility to do what we can to help improve the well-being of the community,” she explains. “It’s just who I am.”

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