Patricia Dowling

Development Director
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Patty’s personal commitment to mission and values-based work that enhances the lives of others is what guides her every day.  Prior to joining the Mercy by the Sea staff in 2017, Patty was Executive Director at The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, Inc. from 2003 to 2017. She has also served as Development Director for Interval House, Connecticut’s largest domestic violence prevention and intervention agency and Executive Director of Women’s Support Services, a domestic violence program, in the northwest corner of the state.                   


Patty received her BS from Saint Joseph University in Social Work and Religious Studies and her Master’s degree in Social Work in Community Organizing and Policy and Planning  from the University of Connecticut  School of Social Work.   She lives in Essex with her husband Eric Lieberman.