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  • Middletown woman joins Partnership for the Del. Estuary staff

  • Middletown resident Debbie Heaton has been named the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s new director of development.
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  • Middletown resident Debbie Heaton has been named the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s new director of development.
    In the post, Heaton will lead efforts to expand the 17-year-old regional nonprofit’s financial resources in accordance with its new, five-year strategic plan, which calls for wider efforts to protect and restore tidal wetlands and shellfish in and around the Delaware River and Bay.
    Heaton previously held a similar position at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts after spending eight years as the director of philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy’s Delaware chapter.
    Heaton received the Sierra Club’s William E. Colby Award this fall in honor of her two decades of service to the organization. She also is actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Delaware Natural Areas Advisory Council, Fund for Women and the Widener Environmental Law Center.
    Heaton earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design and architecture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and master’s degree in visual communications from Temple University.
    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is one of 28 Congressionally designated National Estuary Programs.
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