Submitted by Centre County United Way
STATE COLLEGE — A proven human services and social services leader in Centre County — who has been described by others as a creative and enthusiastic visionary and as a problem solver — was appointed as the next executive director of the Centre County United Way during a special meeting of the United Way board, according to a press release.
Leanne Lenz will take over as executive director on July 6. Her selection follows a lengthy search that brought in many qualified applicants from around Pennsylvania and beyond, and a subsequent screening process that included input from several key stakeholders throughout Centre County.
Lenz previously served as executive director of Centre Helps, the State College-based United Way partner organization that staffs a 24-hour crisis hotline and conducts basic needs case management as well as educational programming and volunteer training.
Lenz is anxious to take on her new role.
“This past year, more than ever, the impact of the Centre County United Way has been absolutely critical to the health, education and financial stability of individuals and families here in Centre County. I am honored to serve alongside the many dedicated partnering agencies, volunteers and donors working together to make Centre County a better place to live,” Lenz said. “I look forward to building on the many strengths of the Centre County United Way in order to meet the evolving needs of our community.”
Under Lenz’s direction, Centre Helps has enhanced its support for those in need and increased its fundraising. Amid many current challenges for human services organizations, including the coronavirus pandemic and its ongoing impact, the United Way board believes Lenz is the right person to lead the Centre County United Way forward.
“The board could not be happier with its appointment of Leanne Lenz to serve as the next executive director of Centre County United Way. Her experience as the head of one of our partner agencies gives her a unique perspective to help make our campaign successful year after year,” said David Pribulka, chairman of the Centre County United Way Board of Directors.
Lenz will succeed Wendy Vinhage, the current executive director, who announced earlier this year that she would be leaving the position.