After a search that began in August 2012, the United Way of Randolph County has appointed a new executive director. JoBeth Agnor, who recently moved to Elkins from Natural Bridge, Va., will now lead the agency.
"We are looking forward to new beginnings at the United Way office with the filling of the executive director post," said United Way of Randolph County Board President Kathy Leombruno.
"We're very excited to have JoBeth Agnor as our executive director," Leombruno said. "She will work well with our agencies and lead our United Way with new initiatives to make us a stronger organization. With a new executive director at the helm, the board is also going to look at expanding its members to improve the quality and reach of our United Way while increasing volunteerism, advocacy and the philanthropic base."
Agnor said she previously worked for non-profits, and her last job was with Project Horizon, an agency similar to Women's Aid In Crisis.
"I was in charge of the shelter and people," Agnor said. "All the agencies that helped me in that job are like the ones I will be working with here. I am so excited to meet everyone and get started."
Agnor's first day on the job was Monday.
"I think the work that United Ways do is difficult, but it will be very rewarding," Agnor said. "I think it is great that folks can make their donation, and it goes to help 27 local agencies. This frees workers up to complete their good work instead of having to raise funds all the time."
Agnor said she enjoyed talking with Clay about new ideas for the agency.
"I have lots of experience with fundraising," Agnor said. "It is really exciting to come to work in an area where the community pulls together to reach its goals. I think when we pair new ideas with other good ideas already in place, we will be very successful.
"I am ready to hit the ground running," Agnor said. "I am not one to procrastinate. I like to set goals and work hard to achieve those goals quickly."
Leombruno said the agency owed a debt of gratitude to one person in particular.
"For the past several months, Gary Clay - who serves as our campaign chairman - has voluntarily been overseeing our day-to-day operations alongside running our United Way campaign," Leombruno said. "It takes a great deal of dedication, commitment and energy to do what he's been doing and our Board of Directors owes him a debt of gratitude. It really was a momentous occasion to hit our campaign goal this year under the unique set of circumstances we've been operating under since the beginning of August 2012."
Agnor said she is growing very fond of her new home.
"I just love the Elkins area," Agnor said. "I did not consider myself outdoorsy before but I am looking forward to doing many things now that I am here."
Agnor said she also enjoys visiting the many parks and nature sites in the Elkins area. She enjoys bicycling and skiing.
"Elkins is such a beautiful area and the people here are all very nice and welcoming," Agnor said. "I am very excited to meet everyone, get to know those working in the 27 agencies and get working to set and meet the United Way of Randolph County's goals."
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