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United Way of Tusc County finds its new CEO

| April 30, 2024

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (April 29, 2024) – The United Way of Tuscarawas County has found its new president and CEO. Sarah Spies will succeed Robin Waltz, who recently announced her retirement after eight years at the helm. Spies will take over June 3, moving into the leadership roll from her current position as the programming and communications coordinator for the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

“Definitely, I have some big shoes to fill,” Spies said. “I’m very excited though.”

“Tuscarawas County is definitely my biggest passion, and I love our community,” she continued. “Anything I can do to support it is what I like to be doing, so I do think it’s a good fit at the United Way of Tuscarawas County.”

“Sarah has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing educational initiatives in our community,” the United Way announced in a press release. “Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to service and has actively promoted arts and culture, serving a term as president on the board of the Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, secretary of the Tuscarawas Arts Partnership, and trustee of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic. She has fostered community collaborations and initiatives that have made a meaningful impact, including the Annual Family Reading Festival and Leaders of Tomorrow Summit. Her vision, strategic thinking, and dedication to creating positive change align perfectly with the mission and values of the organization.”

Spies has a bachelor of arts in English from Kent State University and a master of arts in higher education from the University of Michigan.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah as the new president and CEO of United Way of Tuscarawas County,” said Chris Lane, UWTC Board Chair. “Her exceptional leadership qualities, combined with her deep commitment to our community, make her the ideal choice to lead our organization forward. We are confident that under Sarah’s guidance, The United Way of Tuscarawas County will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families throughout Tuscarawas County.“

In addition to the appointment of Spies, the Board is proud to announce the promotion of Susan Reidenbach to the position of Director of Community Engagement.

“Susan’s contribution to the success of numerous community engagement initiatives and United Way events since joining the team in 2016 cannot be overstated. She has been instrumental in initiatives such as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the VITA tax program, which have had a significant impact on the communities we serve,” said Lane.

“In her new role, Reidenbach will play a pivotal part in fostering community partnerships, enhancing volunteer engagement, and leading outreach efforts to further advance the United Way’s mission. Her dedication and expertise make her an invaluable asset to our organization and its commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities.”

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