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New United Way board president up for the challenge

July 03, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN - A lawyer wannabe in her younger days, Anjie Doll once thought she had her whole life mapped out.

But the new president of the United Way of Washington County soon discovered her life was taking a different course.

"I wanted to go to law school," said the county native and North Hagerstown High School graduate. But after four years at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, Doll wasn't so sure anymore.

She came back to Hagers-town in 1992, signed up with a temp agency and worked part time at her church, Christ's Reformed Church, all the while evaluating what she really wanted to do with her life.

The idea of human resources took hold and she had a brief stint at Jamison Door and then Montgomery Ward, where she rose to HR manager and on to the regional store office in Wheaton, Md.

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In 1996, Doll came back to Hagerstown and went to work at First Data, where she now heads that company's 11-person HR staff, working with approximately 2,000 employees there.

While on the job, Doll, now 36, earned her master's degree in human resources and organizational development from Johns Hopkins University.

She married Wesley Doll, whom she had known through their church. They have a daughter, Naomi, now 1, and live in Pennsylvania - halfway between Hagerstown and her husband's job as a school principal in Hanover, Pa.

Doll has embraced her roles within the United Way structure since she came on board with the governance committee. "We developed a succession process which has worked well for us," she said.

Doll herself is a product of that process, first serving as secretary, then vice president and chairwoman of the governance committee, and now president of the board.

Noel Williams is the outgoing president of the board. Trey Alter is vice president and will succeed after Doll's one-year term.

"I have been watching and there is a rich history of great leadership in this United Way," said Doll, the first woman to assume the role of president.

In the past year, she said, the board has worked on mission and vision. "These are changing times in our community. It is growing and changing," she said.

Years ago, the United Way relied heavily on several large companies to sustain its growth and fundraising levels. But those days are past and now a lot of smaller companies form the backbone.

The benefits include more diversity and more stability for the overall United Way campaign. Strategic planning, long-term progress as well as vital topics such as early learning and teen pregnancy, are keys to success, Doll said.

Doll will chair her first meeting as president in August. "It's a lot of work but I'm looking forward to a lot of fun, too."

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