After eight years at the helm of the United Way of Cullman County, executive director Kasey Kearce submitted her resignation Wednesday.
Kearce has overseen the agency, which serves as an umbrella organization and funding source for more than a dozen local non-profits, since 2005. Her last day is set for May 10.
She thanked the myriad volunteers and staff that keep the several non-profits within the United Way afloat, and said she will truly miss the many friends and colleagues she has made along the way.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and it was a very difficult decision for me to decide to leave. But, I’m at a point in my life where I feel like I need to make a change,” Kearce told The Times. “One thing I will say about the Cullman community, with me being from Hartselle, I’ve seen this is such a kind, civic-minded and giving community. They have been so supportive, and it’s a testament to the United Way mission, and something I still very much believe in and am passionate about. It’s been a tough road at times, and a lot of work, but it’s been worth it. I’ve learned so many great life lessons that I’ll take with me forever.”
Kearce said she plans to pursue a new opportunity outside of the non-profit sector.
United Way chair-elect Dr. Greg Meiman said Kearce will definitely be missed, though he wishes her the best of luck with her future endeavors.
“I think she’s matured a lot in her time here and she’s ready to move on to new fields,” Meiman said. “We’re so happy for her, and I’m sure she’ll be extremely successful wherever she goes. She’s done a fantastic job and we hate losing her.”
Carl English, head of personnel for the United Way, said a search will begin immediately for Kearce’s replacement. English said the board has not decided if they will put an interim director in place, or leave the position open, if it is not filled before Kearce exits on May 10.
”We’re accepting resumes now, and I think the person we’re looking for would be comfortable working with executive level people, United Way agencies, staff and the general public,” English said. “Kasey will be a hard person to replace, because she was outstanding in all those roles.”
Interested applicants can contact English by sending a resume to email@example.com.
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