United Way meeting held

March 20, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

When Nicolle Haysbert moved to Washington County from the Washington, D.C., area last fall, she came with her four young children, a lot of dreams and an uncertain future.

But through her own perseverance and with help from the family sufficiency program at the Community Action Council, Haysbert has mapped out what she calls her "momma's master plan."

That plan, which includes finishing her education and becoming a pediatric nurse, got a big shot in the arm Friday when the 30-year-old single parent won the Jesse Kagle scholarship award given annually by the United Way of Washington County.

"I heard about it through the Hagerstown Housing Authority when I moved here," Haysbert said. The award will translate into several hundred dollars to help her complete nursing and accounting classes at Hagerstown Community College.


Haysbert was nominated for the award by CAC Executive Director Cheryl Walkley.

"My children are 9, 4 and the twins are 19 months old," Haysbert said. She cares for her children, goes to school and still finds time to work at Motel 6.

Also recognized at Friday's annual meeting was Mindy Marsden, who received the Jesse Kagle Service Award.

Both awards are named for the long-time executive director of United Way in Washington County.

Marsden has been a volunteer since 1989 and chairs the agency review and allocations committee. Under her guidance over the years, United Way has made the transition to results-oriented funding.

In addition, she oversaw the admission of the Community Free Clinic and the newest agency, Alzheimer's Association, which was welcomed into United Way at Friday's luncheon.

Association representative Brad Pingley made a brief presentation, explaining that the local agency works with families of Alzheimer's disease sufferers.

"There are an estimated 2,300 people in Washington County with Alzheimer's," he said. "We don't know the cause and there is no cure."

But there is hope, Pingley said, and there are valuable services for families dealing with the disease.

"Through United Way support, we will be able to enhance our education and advocacy, plus research," Pingley said.

The 1999 United Way board of directors includes Rich Gagliardi, president; Doug Wright Jr., Marsden and Philip Kelly, vice presidents; Al Martin, treasurer; and Robert Barnhart, secretary.

Jim Pierne is the 1999 campaign chairman.

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