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The Board of Directors of County United Way unanimously appointed Michele Walker as interim executive director of the organization earlier this week. Walker has been with County United Way since 1997.

“Michele has been with CUW for quite some time and has been fortunate to have worked under the direction of several Executive Directors throughout her career. She has led this community through good and bad times in her current role with County United Way and I only expect to see greater things to come as she assumes this new position”, said Cliff Wendricks, Board president. “If you have ever spoken with Michele, you know that her passion for helping people is to a fault. She leads by example and works tirelessly to ensure people in our community are not going without critical needs having been met. Michele is truly a champion of United Way and the best example of what we should all strive to be in our communities.”

“I am honored to be able to continue to serve our four county region, in my new role and I remain committed to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors through the work County United Way has done for more than 60 years,” said Walker.

Michele is a graduate of Allegany High School. Her community involvement includes the Mountain Health Alliance, Homeless Resource Day Committee, Early Childhood Education Advisory Group, Allegany County Health Coalition, Bridges to Opportunity – Getting Ahead Facilitator and the Imagination Library Steering Committee. She is also a graduate of Leadership Allegany, Class of 2020.

Walker will assume her role effective January 1, 2021. Current executive director, Juli McCoy, recently announced her departure from County United Way to lead the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.