United Way of the Lowcountry's executive vice president resigns

Briggs to lead United Way of Northern Arizona

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comApril 29, 2013 

The executive vice president of United Way of the Lowcountry has resigned, continuing a period of turnover for the charitable organization.

Jill Briggs has been selected as the president and CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona. She said the Arizona nonprofit group is doing work that is similar to United Way of the Lowcountry, focusing on education, health and income.

"My experience segues with what they are doing, and what they are looking for," she said.

Her resignation is effective May 31.

United Way of the Lowcountry CEO Clarece Walker retired in February after 18 years. Tina Gentry has taken over the organization, and new members were appointed to the organization's board of directors at its annual meeting last week.

Briggs joined United Way of the Lowcounty in 1997. She said the agency is effective because it brings together charities and other agencies to solve problems.

"This was my first United Way experience, though I come from a nonprofit background," she said. "I can truly say if a person is seeking to change a community for the better, United Way is the way to do that."

The organization has expanded its reach in southern Beaufort County and Jasper County during her tenure, just one of the things Briggs said she was proud of. She also pointed to the group's work in education -- reading tutors are in place at eight Beaufort or Jasper county elementary schools.

Mostly, though, she has enjoyed the people she's worked with, she said.

"The people in this community who are willing to come together and work together with me and with United Way over the past 16 years, they have been the highlight of this experience," she said. "These people are what make everything happen in this community."

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