Award-winning Fund-raising Executive Returns to Cooley Dickinson

NORTHAMPTON — Diane Dukette rejoined Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s senior team this week as the chief development officer.

From 2003 to 2013, Dukette led Cooley Dickinson’s fund-raising efforts, including the annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and the $12.3 million Caring for the Future comprehensive campaign. She now returns to continue her work in support of Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s programs, services, and capital projects.

“Cooley Dickinson holds a special place in my heart,” she said. “It will be a joy to partner again with so many people who are passionate about strengthening the fabric of healthcare in our community.”

Dukette comes from the Sisters of Providence Health System, where she served as vice president, fund development, and championed the capital campaign for the expansion of the Sr. Caritas Cancer Center. She previously served as the assistant vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of development at UMass Amherst.

Dukette earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass. She is a member of the Assoc. for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Assoc. for Fundraising Professionals. She has served on the boards of Women in Philanthropy of Western Mass. and the Alumnae Assoc. of Smith College, and is a former chair of the board of trustees for West Springfield Public Library.

In November, Dukette was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive Award by the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals, Western Massachusetts Chapter.

“In addition to her terrific reputation and track record of success in fund-raising, I am impressed with Diane’s intellect, her passion for her work and the organization, and her ability to contribute to our efforts to strengthen our relationships with our multiple communities,” said Joanne Marqusee, Cooley Dickinson’s president and CEO. “I am confident that Diane will expand on Cooley Dickinson’s fund-raising efforts and will be a valuable member of our senior team.”

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