United Way of Central Texas Hires O’Banion as Vice President of Resource Development

Temple, Texas- January 09, 2014 - The United Way of Central Texas (UWCT) is thrilled to announce that Stephanie O’Banion will be joining the agency’s staff as Vice President of Resource Development.

“We are over joyed to have Stephanie join our team,” said UWCT CEO, James Thurston. “She brings deep roots in our community, an uncommon passion for community service, and incredibly strong leadership. I know our entire staff and Board of Directors are very excited to begin working with her in this new capacity.”

UWCT Board Chairman Bill DiGaetano said O’Banion is ideal for the position.

“Stephanie has a heart for Central Texas,” he said. “She is incredibly passionate about United Way and improving the quality of life in our area.”

O’Banion joined the agency’s Board of Directors in January 201l and has served on the UWCT Executive Board as the Vice President of Marketing since January 2013.

“I believe in the United Way message and impact they are making in this community,” O’Banion said. “I have had the privilege of volunteering in a leadership role with United Way for several years. I cannot imagine a better opportunity than to join the team impacting lives in Central Texas every day.” 

O’Banion served for 12 years as the Belton Chamber of Commerce President/CEO—where she presided over the organization’s remarkable growth and expansion. She possesses nearly 20 years of community and economic development experience in Belton, Temple, and Killeen.

In order to improve lives in Central Texas, UWCT is transitioning to a Community Impact Model, highlighting the four building blocks of life: EducationFinancial StabilityHealth and Basic Needs. A healthy community learns well, earns well, and lives well. Through initiatives and investments guided by community volunteers, UWCT advances the common good in conjunction with its many partner agencies and community impact partners.

“After volunteering for UWCT and working with great leaders to implement the Community Impact Model, I look forward to bringing what I love to do most, which is building relationships and collaborating to develop and achieve common goals, to the United Way team in the development role,” O’Banion said. “We will continue to move the organization forward, making a difference in the lives of Central Texas. Together we can change the story.”

O’Banion holds a bachelor of science in education from Texas A&M University, College Station and is a certified community and economic developer. She will officially start as VP of Resource Development for UWCT on February 02, 2015.

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