PORTLAND – The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine has awarded Charleen Chase, Community Concepts’ executive director, its Maine Women in Public Life Award.

Marge Medd of Norway presented the award to Chase, listing her accomplishments such as more than 25 years of leading Community Concepts, serving on the CMP board of directors, membership on former Gov. Angus King’s Transition Council, being given Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and raising her daughter, Jessie, a senior at Plymouth State College.

Chase was featured in the winter issue of Thomas, the Thomas College magazine. Chase has two degrees from the college – an associate’s degree in 1969 and a bachelor’s in business education in 1980.

Community Concepts is a nonprofit social service agency that provides more than 30 programs in the three-county area. It has offices in Auburn, Farmington, Rumford and South Paris, and Head Start program sites in several communities.

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