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October 3, 2008

Stillwater woman named United Way director

The Stillwater Area United Way board has selected Stillwater resident Sheri Carter as their new executive director following a two and a half month national search.

“While we had several outstanding candidates, the search committee and the executive committee were particularly impressed with Sheri’s enthusiasm, her communication skills, her fundraising experience and her record of accomplishments in non-profit management,” said Paul Vela, United Way president and Oklahoma Natural Gas area manager.

Carter is a former executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Stillwater and holds two degrees from OSU where she is currently teaching speech communications. She is an active community volunteer with First United Methodist Church, Cub Scouts and the Sangre Ridge PTA.

She will begin working with United Way part-time Monday and full-time in early December when her teaching commitment to OSU is complete.

“My passion for non-profit service is almost unlimited,” she says. “The timing of this opportunity is a good match for my family as my youngest is now in school.”

Carter has fond memories of the United Way and says her earliest memories date back to being a college student buying cupcakes at a sociology department bake sale that benefited United Way. Former Executive Director Shelley Ricker spoke to one of her classes, and Carter was struck by the impact of the agencies on the community. Soon after graduation, she was running Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

She says she hopes to build on the success of the past 50 years and try some new things as well.

“I want people to give me suggestions and know I’ll be calling them for input,” she says. “I am particularly interested in taking United Way to the next level in the results oriented approach of live united and in providing leadership for the social network in the Stillwater area. Most of all, I’m excited at the chance to renew old friendships among our agencies and to meeting new donors and community leaders.”

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