Brooke Smith, United Way of Lebanon County’s chief executive officer for almost two years, has announced her resignation from the nonprofit community agency, effective July 16.

She has accepted a full-time community relations position with UGI Utilities.

Smith leaves following the completion of a successful $1.2 million 2020-21 fundraising campaign, the establishment of a new Community Schools program, and establishing a new vision for how United Way of Lebanon County works with community agencies to address challenges.

“It has been a pleasure to serve my local community as CEO of United Way of Lebanon County. I’m proud to have worked alongside so many passionate community members, volunteers, colleagues and community leaders during my tenure,” said Smith. 

“Each step of our journey brings experience, lessons, and growth. I want to extend my sincere thanks to those who have supported me, challenged me, and encouraged me to help me grow from this leg of my journey, it has been life-changing. The mission of United Way remains in my heart, and I look forward to supporting impact that will change Lebanon County as a volunteer and community supporter.”

According to a United Way media release, Smith developed relationships during her tenure with schools, not-for-profit agencies, businesses, and community leaders throughout Lebanon County. She helped lead United Way of Lebanon County’s transition from a pass-through fundraising organization to a community impact model where United Way not only provides funding but helps bring community organizations together “to drive lasting change in Lebanon County.”

“Even during a global pandemic, Brooke remained committed to fulfilling United Way’s mission of changing lives,” said Ron Stohler, United Way of Lebanon County board president. “She provided stability for our organization during a challenging time. She helped establish programs to make a difference for future generations, while still making decisions that can help our neighbors in need now.”

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...