A longtime public servant has been named the next executive director of the United Way of Logan County.
After a lengthy search, the board has selected Heidi Reser of Bellefontaine.
Reser, who's worked with many school and community organizations over the last two decades, will replace Jim Donnelly.
After two years of leading the United Way, Donnelly is retiring at the end of the year.
Heidi and her family moved to Logan County in 1983 to open Lee’s Comfort Shoes, the fourth shoe store in the family business. Heidi is married to Jack. Their family includes Ashley, grandson Leo, Jordan and his wife, Joanna. All of them live in Bellefontaine. Heidi has been actively involved in the community in many varied capacities; First United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, many school activities, several local boards, and a member of the Bellefontaine Rotary Club.
Since 1998, Mrs. Reser has worked for the Logan County Educational Service Center where she established the Logan County OhioReads program to coordinate training of community volunteers to read with elementary children in their schools. With the advancement to Special Projects Coordinator, Mrs. Reser facilitates the Logan County Youth Leadership program, College Day, Academic Achievement, Logan County Art & Music Festival, media coordination as well as a number of educational programs. Prior to 1998, Mrs. Reser worked at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in the Convention & Tourism division as co-director. She developed and marketed Logan County tourism opportunities throughout the state of Ohio.
When asked about the new position as executive director, Mrs. Reser said, “I am eager to work with the generous Logan County business community as they continue to give to the annual United Way campaign. United Way’s 22 agencies work to meet the needs of 1 out of every 3 Logan County citizens. In the words of Helen Keller, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Mr. Donnelly will remain in place supporting Tara Wagner, the 2013 campaign chair, the campaign cabinet, and volunteers as they work toward this year’s $700,000 goal.
While the past two years have been enjoyable and fun and provided him with an opportunity to give back to the community, Mr. Donnelly said, “It’s now time to pass the baton to our next leader, someone who can provide a new set of eyes and ears. The local economy has improved dramatically but there remain many within our county who struggle to maintain the basics for a good quality of life. Heidi brings a background and a set of skills that will enable the UWLC to move to the next level.”
“I want to thank the UWLC Board for providing the opportunity for me to serve as their executive director and the businesses and residents of Logan County for their tremendous support during my time in the position. While there is still much to do, together, we have accomplished many of the goals and objectives that were identified two years ago.”