Candler County Archway Professional committed to public service

November 10, 2016

archwaysummit2016_0081By Sara Hand

As the Candler County Archway Professional, Catherine Muse’s commitment to serving others is evident, whether she is coordinating local site visits for students from the University of Georgia, facilitating meetings in the community, or volunteering with youth empowerment organizations. Her passion for public service developed while serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer and graduate intern for the community Relations Service with the U.S. Department of Justice. She believes, “Giving your time and talents to a community can add so much to your life and to the lives of those that you serve.”

Muse graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She then obtained her Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. A lifelong learner, her favorite part of working with the Archway Partnership is, in her words, the “chance to learn something new from everyone I work with. Knowledge is power and the amount of information sharing that takes place in my everyday job allows for me to grow and stay informed while I assist my community.”

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Muse talks with Candler County School District Superintendent Bubba Longgrear and Washington County Archway Professional Conni Fennell-Burley at the 2016 Archway Partnership Summit.

A key project for Catherine since joining the Archway Partnership has been assisting the Candler County Hospital (CCH) with its community health needs assessment. With healthcare identified as a key priority for the community, Muse is assisting CCH identify resources to meet the challenges of recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals and managing new demands on healthcare facilities and providers. Throughout 2016, Muse has facilitated group meetings for the Candler County Health Needs Assessment steering committee and the information gathered will be utilized to develop a strategic plan implementation guide for CCH based on the community’s health needs.

She is also serving other communities as a facilitator for the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). GICH helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally-based housing and revitalization strategies. As a facilitator, Muse works with communities at bi-annual retreats, where they identify needs, learn about best practices in housing and community development and then produce a community housing action plan.

In both her professional and person life, Muse is committed to public service endeavors. In addition to making a difference in Metter-Candler County as the Archway Professional, she also volunteers with empowerment groups for girls in the local elementary and middle schools. “As a woman I think it is my personal duty to encourage and assist in any way I can when it comes to helping young girls navigate this thing we call life,” explains Muse.

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