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Woman named deputy exective director

January 29, 1999

Joyce Heptner has been named deputy executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County Maryland Inc., according to the organization's board of trustees.

With the appointment, Heptner becomes the organization's first full-time employee.

"Moving from a part-time and volunteer staff is a strong indication of the board of trustees commitment to continued growth," said John Waltersdorf, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees. "The addition of Ms. Heptner to our staff will help assure the Foundation's future."

Merle Elliott, chairman of the foundation's search committee, said he was pleased with the caliber of applicants.

"Ms. Heptner was chosen based on her previous activities in Hagerstown and the success of the $5.6 million capital campaign she coordinated in Naples, Fla.," Elliott said. "We are all looking forward to working with her as the Foundation continues its progress."

Heptner is a graduate of Frostburg State University and is pursuing an MBA at Mount St. Mary's College.

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She had been executive director of the Maryland Theatre, student activities coordinator at Hagerstown Community College and most recently was executive director of The Naples Players in Naples, Fla.

Heptner is a graduate of Leadership Hagerstown, past president of the Washington County Arts Council and past vice president of the Washington County Department of Social Services board of directors.

She said she believes charitable and civic organizations are the heartbeat of a community.

"I am honored to serve in a position that will further the health and well-being of the area. I look forward to discussing with donors how their tax-deductible contributions can help ensure a healthy, thriving and growing community," Heptner said.

The Community Foundation of Washington County is a tax-exempt organization. The foundation's goals are to have a positive impact on the community by building a substantial perpetual endowment, income from which will support present and future community needs.

The foundation also assists in the establishment of donor and agency funds geared to fulfill the donor's wishes, supports charitable/civic organizations, and invests and manages the funds for financial growth and safety.

For more information about the Community Foundation of Washington County Inc., contact Joyce Heptner at the foundation, 14606 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742, or call her at 301-745-5210.

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