By DENISE GRANT
The United Way of Hancock County will come under new leadership on Monday.
The nonprofit’s board of directors announced Friday that it has appointed Angela DeBoskey, of Findlay, as chief executive officer.
Chris Ostrander has served as interim CEO since March 6, when John Urbanski retired after six years leading the organization.
“This was a rigorous process over the last two months and I’m extremely excited to announce Angela as our next CEO,” said board Chairman Chris Webb.
“Angela knows our community well based on her previous roles and distinguished herself through the process. The balance she brings in terms of her passion to help people, and her business background, make her exceptionally well qualified to fill this important role. I am confident in her ability to systematically expand the United Way’s influence in attacking the root causes that impact our community.”
Prior to moving to Findlay in 2017, DeBoskey was heavily focused on philanthropic work, including six years with the Navajo Family Missions in Arizona, where she served as executive director and board member.
She also spent six years with Orange County Social Services in California, providing therapeutic care for high-need children in foster care.
She also provided services to Boys & Girls Club, CASA and other mentoring agencies, schools, and multiple other agencies.
She was also the director and founder of Mastering Motherhood for five years. The program is dedicated to improving parenting skills through mentors, educational resources and weekly programming.
DeBoskey graduated from Hiram College with a bachelor’s degree in 1991. She also attended the Duke University Digital Marketing program in 2016 and 2017.
She lives in Findlay with her husband of 27 years, Adam. They have two children.
Most recently, DeBoskey was the head of marketing for One Energy, Findlay, where she led strategic efforts to position the company and brand as the nation’s largest “behind-the-meter” wind power company.
DeBoskey also worked for the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development team, marketing the community to entice new investment and downtown Findlay development.
Previously, DeBoskey served in a similar role as marketing director and investor relations for Wayne County Development Alliance in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
“I have dedicated my life to giving back to the communities we’ve lived in and look forward to expanding upon this greatly here in Hancock County,” DeBoskey said.
“My family has been in Findlay for just over two years now, but we have been truly blessed to get extremely engaged in many aspects of our community. I am humbled at the opportunity to lead our United Way to help deliver on our mission of measurably improving people’s lives in our county.”
DeBoskey had been running for Findlay’s 1st Ward seat on City Council in the May 7 Republican primary. She withdrew her candidacy on Friday.
Bud Haas Jr. is now unopposed for the GOP nomination. The incumbent 1st Ward councilwoman, Holly Frische, is running for Findlay mayor.
There is no Democratic candidate for the council seat. Independent candidates have until 4 p.m. May 6 to file for the general election ballot.
Haas, 63, of 616 E. Foulke Ave., is a retired Findlay police officer and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.