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Welcome New United Way Staff Members in Charlottesville

We have been very fortunate to welcome some new staff members in the past few months, and would like to introduce them to the public.

Melissa Beth Behl joined us in the fall as our Insurance for Children Outreach Worker. Her job is to make parents and referring nonprofit agencies aware of the availability of the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) program for uninsured children. She walks families through the application process. They really appreciate having the personal touch of someone they can meet face to face and call when they have questions.

Melissa has never done press interviews, but when she sat down with NBC29 recently, she was confident and passionate about helping families.


Leigha Rae also joined us in the fall as our data assistant.

Leigha Rae for web

We have to keep a lot of data here – much of it required by our auditors and the IRS for our many programs. We also need to stay on top of keeping track of our donors so that we can thank them promptly for their support and keep them informed of how their gifts are working to make a positive difference in our community. Leigha has quickly become someone we depend on for her attention to detail and her ability to pitch in where needed.

And finally, Jessica Snyder joined us two weeks ago as our new Volunteer Center director.  Her head must be spinning from all of the meetings various staff members have brought her to as we try to introduce her to the many people and organizations she will be working with in the community. We have also brought her along to sit in on radio and TV interviews and PSA tapings as she will be doing many interviews in her high profile position. Jessica Snyder for web

She keeps showing up each day, so we have not scared her off yet! She has already begun work on and promotion of the nominations for the United Way Student Service Awards. After that, she will dive right in to planning the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring.

We are thrilled to have Melissa, Leigha and Jessica as part of our United Way family. If you see them out and about, please introduce yourself and encourage them in the work they do for our community.


Posted by Kim Connolly

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