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Port Orange Observer Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1 month ago

Courtney Edgcomb hired unanimously as new United Way president

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The new leader of the Volusia-Flagler nonprofit was a 2018 Person to Watch for the Port Orange Observer.

Courtney Edgcomb has been hired as the new president of United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, with a unanimous vote from the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Having been with United Way for seven years, she is being promoted from vice president, in which role she has led the staff and Board of Directors in the evaluation and successful implementation of the nationally sanctioned Community Impact model, according to a press release.

"I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to bridge all of our partners and bring United Way into the forefront as a thought leader in our community," she said in a phone call with the Port Orange Observer. "If anyone has questions about work in the nonprofit or philanthropic arena in Volusia County, I want us to be their very first phone call."

Edgcomb, of DeLand, is a graduate of Stetson University and holds a Master of Management degree from Troy University. A Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Women in Business honoree and Port Orange Observer Person to Watch in 2018, Edgcomb successfully led the organization to a $2.2 million campaign last year.

The UWVFC’s Steering Committee and CareerSource Flagler Volusia, as well as Deborah Loyd, a local Human Resources professional, volunteered their services to assist in the extensive interview and selection process of over 65 candidates from both the public and private sectors, across the United States.

She replaces former President Dennis Burns, who died in February.

"Dennis Burns and I were convinced that Courtney's aptitude alone would escalate her to a leadership role," former UWVFC President Ray Salazar said in the press release.

Steve Sally, United Way interim executive director and former of executive director of The House Next Door stated, “I believe Courtney is the best fit for our United Way and in this role will bring us the fresh perspective needed to move forward.” The end of Sally’s term is this week and the role will transition to Edgcomb.

Sam Willett, chair of the UWVFC Board of Directors, said Edgcomb has "phenomenal vision and incredible energy."

Dona Butler, Volusia County Community Services director said Edgcomb "started at the bottom" and has "incredible intelligence" and a "passion for serving our community."

Visit www.unitedwayvfc.org.

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