Friday, March 27, 2015

United Way of Henderson County Names New Executive Director

 United Way of Henderson County (UWHC) is pleased to announce Denise Cumbee Long as its new Executive Director. Ms. Long succeeds Ruth Birge, who has led UWHC for the past five years.

“After a national search for a new Executive Director, we are excited to bring Ms. Long here to lead our staff and volunteers at United Way of Henderson County,” stated Will Hendricks, Search Committee Chair and 2015 Chair of UWHC Board of Directors. “With her immense nonprofit experience and exceptionally strong leadership, we know she will lead us forward with Henderson County 2025, United Way’s Ten-Year Plan to Improve our Community.”

Ms. Long most recently served as the Executive Director of International House, a nonprofit serving Charlotte's international community. She was formerly the Executive Director of NC LEAF, a statewide loan repayment assistance program for public interest attorneys, and Safe Space, a four-county domestic violence program. Ms. Long holds a BA from Wake Forest University, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary, and a JD from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is also a United Church of Christ minister and has been an interim pastor at congregations in Chapel Hill and Elon, NC and Lorain, Ohio. 

"I am delighted to join the exceptional team at UWHC," said Ms. Long. "This wonderful organization is held in high regard for mobilizing resources and contributing to a better life for all residents of Henderson County.  I believe our community is stronger when everyone has the opportunity to succeed, so I'm excited about supporting HC2025. I look forward to meeting many United Way partners and stakeholders very soon."

Ms. Long is married to Bruce Holliday, and they share three adult children and one spoiled Chihuahua. When not at work, she can be found in a kayak, on a trail, or looking for a good fishing spot.  

Ms. Long will join UWHC April 1.