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New director named for United Way

January 11, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

The newly appointed executive director of United Way of Washington County said he will focus on boosting campaign donations and looks forward to continuing "working with people to help people."

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James Taylor, of Tampa, Fla., in February will replace Kathleen Hall, who has headed up the local United Way for eight years, Board President Richard Gagliardi said Monday. He will start Feb. 14.

"The opportunity to work in a small United Way gives me the chance to learn more about the whole process," said Taylor, 30, during a phone interview on Monday.

He now works as the senior campaign director of United Way of Hillsborough County in Tampa. He was chosen to be Hall's replacement following a national search, said William Bulla, spokesman for United Way of Washington County.

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Hall will see the United Way's current giving campaign through its Jan. 20 completion before assuming her new post as course administrator for the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

The ASCCP is a national nonprofit organization with headquarters in Hagerstown.

Hall served on the search committee that unanimously chose Taylor due to his extensive United Way background, Bulla said.

"We're excited to have found such a capable person," Gagliardi said.

Taylor said he raised $4.1 million this year for the United Way of Hillsborough County, in addition to recruiting and training duties.

Prior to his work with the United Way in Tampa, Taylor worked as a division manager with the Mile High United Way in Denver, Colo., where he was responsible for $2 million in accounts, he said.

His fund-raising experience will be of "tremendous importance" to the local United Way, Gagliardi said.

"He will help ensure the continued commitment of United Way's mission to be the best and most accountable fund-raising network for our community, working to assure results-oriented health and human service programs to the youth, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged of Washington County," Gagliardi said.

Early next month, Taylor, his wife, Amy, and twin infant sons, Wesley and William, will move to Hagerstown, where Amy has relatives, Taylor said.

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