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President Gray to direct local United Way Board

Rocky Mount, NC – United Way Tar River Region is pleased to announce 6 new additions to the Board of Directors.  “We are delighted to welcome our newest members,” said Executive Director Ginny Mohrbutter. “Our board directors have a proven history of making careful decisions to guide the direction of our organization.  Their expertise and ideas have sustained us for over 60 years.”

James A. Gray, president of North Carolina Wesleyan College is serving as the 2013 United Way board president.  During a recent interactive orientation session, he led the newcomers through a comprehensive overview of the agency’s impact in the community.   As president of the United Way board, Gray will utilize his extensive background in marketing and communications to increase awareness about the needs within the community and organization’s efforts to support individuals and its partner agencies in meeting these needs.

President Gray welcomed new members of the United Way Board. Pictured (L to R) Glover, Gray, Abel, Miller, and Matthews.

The new directors joining Gray on the board include:  Marta Abel, Human Resources Manager for McLane Carolina; John Farrelly, Superintendent for Edgecombe County Public Schools; Gerry Felton, Senior Vice President/Operations Manager for PNC Bank; Dorsey Glover, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools retiree; Jimmy Matthews, Director of McGladrey, LLP; and Eric Miller, Hospira retiree.

“We are always trying to engage new leaders to extend our reach in the community,” said Gray.  “With the expertise and talent of our incoming board directors, we can do more to improve our local community.”

United Way Tar River Region brings together people and resources to build a stronger community in Nash and Edgecombe Counties.  Supported by a vast team of more than 500 volunteers, the organization reaches over 10,000 donors to raise $1.2 million each year that is invested into local programs targeting pressing the community’s most pressing needs.

The local United Way works in partnership with 20 agencies and 40 health and human service programs to improve the quality of life in the Twin Counties.  For more information, visit