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Sell appointed as executive director of Community Foundation

April 09, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

After five years at the helm of Food Resources Inc., Brad Sell has been appointed executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County.

"It's a new challenge and I am looking forward to it," Sell said. "My main goal will be to expand the role of philanthropy in our communities."

Started in 1996 with $9,000, the foundation now has assets of approximately $6 million in 78 different funds.

When he assumes his new role, Sell will be educating people on planned giving, estate planning and setting up endowments so their money can do the most good in the community.

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Then the foundation's job is to distribute that money within the community where it is needed.

Foundation chairman Richard W. Phoebus said Sell will begin his responsibilities as soon as Food Resources can find a new executive director. Advertisements are running in newspapers in the region.

"We realize the important service that Food Resources provides and we want to make sure there is a smooth transition of leadership so Food Resources programs and agencies don't suffer," Phoebus said.

Joyce Heptner, foundation executive director for the past three years, left the post in November for another position, Phoebus said. Since then, Phoebus has been trying to keep things going himself.

"Brad was the leading candidate for the foundation job and the overwhelming choice of the trustees," Phoebus said.

Food Resources Inc., located on McRand Court west of Hagerstown, is a nonprofit agency that provides more than 55 member organizations with free food for low-income residents.

A native of Frederick, Md., Sell owned a retail business in Chambersburg, Pa. He then worked for four years as director of development for United Cerebral Palsy of Southcentral Pennsylvania.

Moving to the Food Resources job five years ago gave Sell, who has a degree in social work, the opportunity to further his interest in fund-raising and public relations, he said.

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