Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 Written by REUBEN MEES
A longtime employee of the Logan County Educational Service Center has been named as the next executive director of the United Way of Logan County.
Heidi Reser was named this week as the replacement for James Donnelly, who previously announced his retirement at the end of this year.
She has worked at the ESC since 1998 and has most recently served as special projects coordinator. As part of that job, she was responsible for establishing the Logan County OhioReads program to coordinate training of community volunteers to read with elementary children in their schools and facilitating the Logan County Youth Leadership program, the annual college day, academic achievement recognition events, the Logan County Art & Music Festival and other programs.
Prior to 1998, Mrs. Reser worked at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce as a co-director of the Convention & Tourism division, in which role she helped develop and market Logan County tourism opportunities throughout the Ohio.
She said she is excited to begin working with the charitable organization and the agencies it serves.
“I am eager to work with the generous Logan County business community as they continue to give to the annual United Way campaign,” she said in a prepared statement. “United Way’s 22 agencies work to meet the needs of one out of every three 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 chairwoman, and campaign volunteers as they work toward this year’s $700,000 goal.
He took the position about two years ago after retiring from his career at Nash Finch and has said he wishes to return to retirement.
“It’s now time to pass the baton to our next leader, someone who can provide a new set of eyes and ears,” he wrote in the statement. “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,” Mr. Donnelly wrote.
Mrs. Reser and her husband Jack moved their children Ashley and Jordan to Logan County in 1983 to open Lee’s Comfort Shoes, the fourth shoe store in the family business. A daughter-in-law Joanna and grandson Leo round out their family.
She has been actively involved in the community in various capacities through the First United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, school activities, several local boards and the Bellefontaine Rotary Club.