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Pa. woman named executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County

August 05, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Alecha Sanbower of Waynesboro, Pa., has been named the new executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, the agency's board announced Monday.

Sanbower has been working for Franklin County, Pa.

A Big Brothers Big Sisters news release says she has been the county's director of quality improvement, working on human services and criminal justice programs. She also has managed grants and programs for children and families.

The press release says Sanbower has helped develop policies and procedures on violence in the workplace and has secured funding for juvenile justice youth aid panels and a treatment center for offenders with drug and alcohol problems.

She has a bachelor's degree in economics from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master's degree in administration of justice from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, the release says.

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Sanbower will take over as executive director Aug. 11.

She could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Elaine Rose, the president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County board, said that about 35 people applied for the job, including some from outside the Tri-State area.

Robert A. McKee of Halfway had been executive director, but he resigned from his job and his seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in February, as authorities investigated an allegation that he had child pornography in his home.

McKee has not been charged with any crimes.

Crystal L. Davis has been serving as the interim executive director of the nonprofit agency.

Rose declined to say what Sanbower's salary would be.

According to the 2006 version of the organization's Form 990 - which nonprofit groups file to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service - McKee received a $31,693 salary, plus $5,114 in benefits.

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