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New United Way board leader impressed by talents of staff

Meg Harsh: Organization is ready to lead substantial improvements to the lives of county residents

July 02, 2010|By MARLO BARNHART
  • Meg Harsh is the new president of the board of directors of the United Way of Washington County for 2010-11.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- Taking on a leadership role with the United Way of Washington County is a major commitment for anyone, whether they were born and raised here or not.

Take Meg Harsh, the new president of the board of directors for 2010-11. The New Jersey native has called Washington County home since moving her with her husband, Don, in 1994.

"The main goal I wish to accomplish is to prepare this community's United Way to support the Strategic Community Impact Planning (SCIP), which kicked off this spring," Harsh said.

More than 200 volunteers are divided into 11 focus groups that are working on issues such as health, education, income, transportation and the arts, Harsh said. Developed by the United Way board and community members, SCIP still is seeking interested people to work within the issue-oriented effort.

Harsh, who replaces John Latimer IV as board president, said she is energized to begin her work.

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"Through continued collaboration with the Community Foundation, partner agencies and other community leaders, we are positioned to lead substantial improvements to the lives of the citizens of Washington County," she said. "I am always impressed by the talents of our staff and the return of investment they deliver to our donors."

From her office as a director of enterprise service delivery at First Data, Harsh said she is ready for her new challenge.

United Way Executive Director Leah Gayman also is confident.

"Meg is an incredible leader, both smart and a forward thinker," Gayman said.

Harsh is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University. She is on the board of the Community Action Council and a member of Sunrise Rotary.

For more information about the United Way, call 301-739-8200.

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