United Way NSV CEO Resigns

United Way NSV CEO Resigns (Winchester, VA)

December 6th, 2021 – Nadine M. Bullock-Pottinga, President and CEO of United Way Northern Shenandoah Valley has announced her plans to resign from her position with the organization. Her resignation will become effective December 31st, 2021, after serving seven years as the organization’s President and CEO. Bullock-Pottinga has accepted a position with a national Veteran serving organization and will start that position in the new year. “Serving as president and CEO of United Way NSV has been a professional highlight of mine that I will always look upon fondly. It has been an honor to serve my community and work with staff and volunteers who are truly passionate about making the Northern Shenandoah Valley a better place to live for everyone. I’m really proud of all that we have accomplished together,” said Bullock-Pottinga.

Under Bullock-Pottinga’s leadership, the United Way NSV has experienced unprecedented growth, revitalizing its fundraising efforts, adopting the ALICE Project, being a catalyst for change with the Valley Assistance Network, and being a leader in the response, recovery and rebuilding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Damon DeArment, United Way NSV Board Chair said, “The staff and Board of Directors have truly enjoyed working with Nadine over the last seven years. Although we are sad to see her go, we are happy that she will be able to pursue new professional and personal goals while serving our veterans in her new position. She has been an incredible visionary leader, working tirelessly for the benefit of our underserved and most vulnerable neighbors. She is leaving the organization in very strong position both organizationally and fiscally. We are a better organization today because of Nadine’s leadership and wish her success in her future endeavors.”

The organization noted several of Bullock-Pottinga’s accomplishments during her tenure, including:

• Contributed to the establishment of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Housing Coalition in 2018, a grassroots effort in partnership between United Way NSV and the Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity.

• Drove the implementation of the Valley Assistance Network, a comprehensive resource and referral system that aided families in moving from crisis to stability, serving more than 4,000 families and 10,000 people in less than two years while earning more than 10,000 community-based referrals • Championed the adoption of Unite Us, an outcome-based coordinated care technology initiative, into the Northern Shenandoah Valley, becoming the third community in Virginia to adopt the system with a grant through SAMHSA, George Mason University, and Valley Health System, which has now been adopted statewide.

• Created additional opportunities for donor engagement by establishing the Society of Emerging Leaders and the Women United leadership giving groups.

• Worked collaboratively with the statewide association and 24 local United Way’s to produce messaging for and successfully market the Virginia ALICE® Report, a county-by-county and town-level analysis that defines the economic conditions of vulnerable communities and informs future education, government, nonprofit, health, policy, and research efforts

The organization has named Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy the Interim President/CEO until the search committee can complete the work of filling the position. Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy is President Emeritus of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). Under Dr. Cheryl’s leadership, LFCC was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Prior to coming to LFCC, she was the third president and first woman president of Eastern Shore Community College located in Melfa, Virginia. Before moving to Virginia in January of 2006, Cheryl served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) in Biloxi, MS. She lived through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. MGCCC served (pre-Katrina) 16,000 students and 8 locations.

Cheryl has served the community through many various leadership roles including chair of the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley board of directors in 2015, as well as serving on their executive board. She has chaired several committees of the United Way including Education, Community Needs, and the Day of Caring. “Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy is the perfect person to lead this organization through this transition. She is not only the most knowledgeable person I know, but she is kind and caring, and I know she will take care of everyone who works here and with this organization. I couldn’t feel more confident about leaving things in her hands”, said Bullock-Pottinga Dr. Cheryl-Thompson-Stacy said, “The mission of the United way is near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to serving as the interim president. I also want to thank Nadine for her exceptional leadership over the past seven years.”

The organization has named a search committee which be led by Mark Merrill, former President and CEO of Valley Health System and previous United Way NSV Board Member and Campaign Chair. A job description and details on how to apply for the position will be posted later this week on www.unitedwaynsv.org