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United Way announces new CEO; board members

By Staff | Aug 12, 2016

Chuck Ellison, Chairman of the Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that Penny Porter of Martinsburg has been named Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, effective Aug. 8.

Anne Beckley, of Berkeley Springs, has been serving as the interim CEO for United Way of the Eastern Panhandle since May and will resume her role as consultant for the organization focused on capacity building and creating a sustainability plan.

Porter has served as United Way’s Director of Community Impact since early 2015. In this role, she has actively engaged with United Way partners and agencies to address community needs in the areas of education, income and health. She currently serves on the Health and Human Services Collaborative and also manages the Day of Caring with over 1200 volunteers in the Eastern Panhandle. Ms. Porter served for 21 years in the office of U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, most recently as the Regional Area Coordinator for the Martinsburg office. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Martinsburg, having served as Past-President and Past-Assistant District Governor for the service organization. Porter is also an Elder with Tuscarora Presbyterian Church.

On June 14, the Board of Directors elected the following individuals to serve as board members for the next three years supporting United Way: Alice Barkus, Shepherdstown; Charla Cody, Inwood; Corey Smith, Inwood; Joan Willard, Berkeley Springs; and Mary Anne Wright, Kearneysville.