Leadership Spotlight: Dominique Rust

1. What is your name and your position with Catholic Charities?

Dominique Rust, Vice President & COO

2. How long have you been involved with the MCoC? 

Three years

3. How did you originally become involved?

Catholic Charities became a partner in the management of the Homeless Services Center, and I needed to get up to speed quickly on homelessness issues and providers in the community.  My outreach staff had long attended CoC meetings and told me that it was the place to be to learn and connect with others.

4. What are you looking forward to most about serving as General Assembly Vice Chair?

I am very excited to be working with the diverse, talented and compassionate group that was elected to the leadership team.  They have great energy and enthusiasm for their work.

Together we hope to work with the CoC members who attend meetings to become engaged on committees and bring forth topics to benefit such a diverse group of providers.

5. What changes do you see happening in the MCoC over the next year?

To stimulate more engagement from members of the CoC on issues that concern their operations, what topics would be helpful for our monthly meetings, and what education or discussion could be helpful concerning the HUD process or scoring challenges for our CoC.

6. What are your favorite things about the city of Manchester?

I love the size of Manchester.  It is small enough to navigate easily yet has the destination venues and conveniences that you look for in a city.  We have baseball, hockey, theatre, concert venues , cultural events, chili cook-offs, and our own airport.  These make Manchester and the surrounding towns a great place to raise a family.

7. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I have two children who both play on a number of soccer teams.  So I have to admit that I am a weekend soccer mom.  I would like to think I normally exhibit the most possitive attributes of that “title”, although there may be one or two referees throughout New England who might disagree.  In whatever time is left, I enjoy just being at home working in the garden.