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Gayman steps down as United Way executive director

May 16, 2012

Leah Gayman, executive director of the United Way of Washington County since 2008, has resigned.

Michael Harsh, vice president of the organization’s board of directors, said Gayman stepped down Friday, citing personal reasons.

“The board is looking for an interim director, and then will look for a permanent replacement,” Harsh said.

Attempts to reach Gayman for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.

When Gayman took on the job of executive director in March 2008, she became the local organization’s third executive director in less than a year.

Dale Bannon served as executive director until June 2007. Dan Greenwald was named to the post in August 2007, but resigned in October.

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Rodney Shoop, a former Washington County administrator, then stepped in as interim executive director in November 2007.

Before she assumed the executive director’s job, Gayman had been the United Way of Washington County’s resource development director. 

Despite the area’s sluggish economy, the United Way of Washington County’s 2011 fundraising drive raised more money than the previous year’s drive. 

Although the drive fell a little short of its $1.65 million goal, it raised $1.62 million, compared with about $1.61 million in 2010, according to figures released at the United Way luncheon on Feb. 17.

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