STEUBENVILLE - Beth Rupert-Warren spent her first day as the new executive director of the United Way of Jefferson County listening and learning.
Rupert-Warren was named Monday to lead the organization.
She replaced Nancy Grim who resigned from the executive director's job in August.
NEW?EXECUTIVE?DIRECTOR — Beth Rupert-Warren of Wintersville was named executive director of the United Way of Jefferson County Monday. Rupert-Warren spent her first day on the job listening and learning. She will be coordinating the 2013 campaign to raise $440,000 for 19 member agencies.
"This is where my passion is at ... working with non-profit agencies. I have worked with the homeless when I was at the Jefferson Behavioral Health. And I have a lot of respect for social services agencies. They go through so much every day providing for those people in need," said Rupert-Warren.
"My diverse work experience gives me a unique insight into the needs of our areas. I know firsthand how supporting the United Way can change a person's life. I look forward to being involved in the community and working together in supporting those in need," she continued.
Rupert-Warren has served the past four years as director of community relations for Heritage Complete Home Care. She has also served as vocational case manager, adult case manager and housing coordinator of the Jefferson Behavioral Health System from 2001 to 2009.
She was the Workforce Investment Act Grant coordinator for the Jefferson County Department of Job and Family Services for five years.
"I have worked in local government, economic development, social services and marketing. I bring that experience to the table. And I know people with the answers. I don't know everything. But I know people who can help us. "We have a board of directors with a lot of history and experience," Rupert-Warren said.
"I didn't sleep well Sunday night because I kept thinking about my new job and the huge responsibility it entails. Sometimes people forget unity is part of community. But unity is what the United Way of Jefferson County is all about. The United Way is like a bridge bringing the community and people in need together. We are the voice for those in need," remarked Rupert-Warren.
"No one works better than Jefferson County. When someone is in need we work together to help that person. All of us have experienced low points in our life. But Jefferson County residents are survivors. We work well together. We shine when we are working together for a cause," declared Rupert-Warren.
"The experience Beth brings to the position of executive director is a great asset. Her experience will be a big benefit to the 19 member agencies of the United Way of Jefferson County," said Ross Gallabrese, president of the United Way.
Amelia Taggart has been servin as interim director since August.
"We want to thank Ame for all she has done while serving as interim director. She has really helped keep things running smoothly and has had a great impact on our current campaign. From helping to coordinate the annual Taste of the County event to organizing the Day of Caring, her work has been very much appreciated," added Gallabrese.
"Ame has agreed to stay in the office for another week to help me through the initial transition into the job. I have a lot of questions, but I am very excited about this job. I really appreciate this opportunity to serve the community," stated Rupert-Warren.
"I feel confident we will reach our $440,000 campaign goal this year. We have a great team of people and everyone has already been working very hard to make the 2013 campaign another success. I believe my role is to be the cohesive factor. The executive director has to be here for the right reason and have a passion for this position. I have that passion," Rupert-Warren said.
This year's campaign is being chaired by Anthony Mougianis of Apolla Pro Cleaning.
Rupert-Warren is a board member of the YWCA and Steubenville Women's Club, an ambassador for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, a committee member of the Heather Twig of Trinity Health System, a fundraising committee member for the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center and a member of the advisory committee for Project H.O.P.E. at Eastern Gateway Community College.
She served on the Wintersville Village Council for 10 years.
And, Rupert-Warren has served with the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio and the Jefferson County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness and as a member of the advisory board of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
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