United Way of the Mark Twain Area Announces New Executive Director

Family Photo (2)Denise Damron has accepted the position as the Executive Director of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. Denise Damron will assume her new role February 20th, 2018. She will replace Frank Di Tillo who announced his retirement in November 2017.

Denise Damron has been working as District Manager for Junior Achievement in Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois for four years. As District Manager Denise Damron was the sole employee in this 26 county area responsible for all facets of the program. During her time with Junior Achievement Denise Damron has established and implemented new initiatives, promoted Advisory Board buy-in, created opportunities for leveraging net-works, and developed new relationships. In her time with Junior Achievement the program has more than tripled.

“Denise Damron’s experience and success with the Junior Achievement program including fundraising, donor relations, marketing, and volunteer recognition are such a good fit for our United Way” said Joel Dant, United Way Board Chairman, adding, “she believes in the future of our community and knows that the United Way can be a driving force of community betterment.”

“Roy Hark’s 2017 Campaign has been a hard won victory for this United Way,” said retiring Director Frank Di Tillo. “And with the success of Roy’s campaign the United Way is well situated to benefit from Denise’s talents and passion for success. Denise told the Executive Search Committee early on that she knows the United Way can be the energy providing leadership for community development and she will bring determination and passion to the United Way mission, ‘Increasing the Capacity for People to Care for One Another.”

Denise is a native of the Northeast Missouri. She and her husband Dakota Damron and daughter Hanna live in rural Hannibal Missouri.