Chastity Pennington named executive director of the United Way of Lewis County


The United Way of Lewis County on Monday announced Chastity Pennington as its new executive director, effective Nov. 20. 

“With a formidable background in program development and an unwavering commitment to community empowerment, Chastity steps into this pivotal role to drive transformative change,” the United Way stated in a news release. “Chastity brings a resolute dedication to the United Way's mission, focusing on uplifting families from the grasp of poverty within our community. Her proven belief in the power of dialogue and collaboration aligns seamlessly with the organization's ethos of uniting resources for tangible, local solutions.”

Pennington replaces Christian Bruhn, who resigned earlier this year after two years at the helm of the nonprofit. He was hired following the retirement of Debbie Campbell, who served in the role for 22 years. 

"I am thrilled to commence my journey with the United Way of Lewis County team,” Pennington stated in the news release. “Together, we will continue to unite resources to implement solutions that foster the upward mobility of families right here in our community. I firmly believe in the strength of conversation and collaboration, and I eagerly anticipate reinforcing our relationships with our invaluable community partners."

The United Way of Lewis County is poised to soar under Pennington’s visionary leadership, the release stated. 

Her steadfast commitment to fostering impactful relationships and driving collaborative initiatives will steer the organization toward unparalleled community impact, the nonprofit stated. 

“I am very excited about Chastity’s leadership and vision and am confident that she will undoubtedly help us meet and even exceed our goals of lifting families out of poverty,” said Gerda Stafford, United Way of Lewis County board president.

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