Release Date: 09-07-2006 Click here for a larger view
(Honesdale, PA, September 7, 2006)— Margaretta Niles (Maggie), Joseph Harcum and Kate Carmody are the newest members of the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation Board. All three bring experience, dedication to service and a sense of community to their work on the Board.
Maggie Niles, who resides in Pike County with her husband Nick, is a member of the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale and Secretary of the Peters Valley Craft Center Board. Niles was born in Carbondale, but grew up in Virginia and spent most of her married life in Darien, Connecticut, where she worked with several human service organizations such as the area’s Children and Services Board and the Southwestern Connecticut Regional Health Board. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, Maggie has a degree in English Literature. She and Nick have two grown children, Jennifer and David.
Joseph Harcum is not a native, but there is no doubt he loves northeastern Pennsylvania. Born in Virginia, he and his wife Nancy discovered Wayne County in 1985 when they bought 230 acres at Duck Harbor Pond. More land purchases followed and today, Harcum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Duck Harbor Company, a major real estate developer in the Upper Dealaware region. Harcum’s “former” life included stints with Lehman Brothers, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and the top post—CEO—at Fleet Securities.
“I joined the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation Board because I believe it’s important to have a good healthcare system in this area. Because I want a good hospital to be there for me and my family,” Harcum says. “I guess you could say I joined because I’m selfish, really.” He smiles. “I want the best for myself and my family.”
The Harcums have four children. The oldest son, Jay, is involved with his dad in the family business.
Many area residents know Kate Frisch Carmody by name—she’s a Honesdale native—and by face! Kate graciously agreed to be on a billboard for Wayne Memorial’s Operation Vital Signs campaign after successfully battling breast cancer, with the help of several WMH physicians, including Dr. George Tietjen and Dr. Paula Bennett.
Kate, one of five children, currently owns her own hair salon, Kate’s Creative Hair Design, and has one school-age daughter.
“On the billboard, I’m quoted as saying ‘Wayne Memorial doctors saved my life,’” says Kate, “and it’s true. That’s how I feel. I hope my work on the Foundation Board will