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REACH's new chief is familiar with Washington Co.

May 29, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Jodie Stock might be new at REACH, but she is a familiar face in Washington County.

The new executive director of the agency said her first "real" job out of college was at Arc of Washington County Inc., where she used her skills in sociology and social work.

"I was at Arc for a couple of years doing outreach work, some at the Chewsville Center," Stock said.

More recently, Stock, 38, has been with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., a bank in Frederick. "I got into management there and was a vice president in charge of 50 to 60 people."

Stock said she has added those management skills to her background in social work -- a combination which led her to look into the position at REACH (Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless).

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"A friend saw the story about Terri Baker, the previous director, leaving REACH," Stock said.

In February, there was an advertisement for the REACH job and Stock began thinking and praying about the possible career change.

"I decided to go for it," Stock said. She started May 19 and is learning the ropes from Tina Barse, who has served as interim director since Baker left in January.

Baker was executive director for more than 10 years at the faith-based agency that she helped build.

Stock was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Bridgewater College in Virginia. Stock said she is happy to be back in Washington County, where she will be close to family and friends.

She is active in her church, Good Shepherd Ministries on Longmeadow Road, and will be teaching Super Church classes for fifth- and sixth-graders beginning in June.

"There are outstanding people here at REACH," Stock said, referring to staff and volunteers. "I feel very welcomed here."

For more information on programs and volunteer opportunities at REACH, call 301-733-2371 or visit the Suite 300 office at 140 W. Franklin St.

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