From The Times-Reporter
By Jon Baker
Mar. 23, 2016
NEW PHILADELPHIA Robin Waltz of New Philadelphia has been named the new president and CEO of the United Way of Tuscarawas County.
Waltz replaces Alison Kerns, who has taken a job as director of the HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization.
Both women begin their new jobs on Monday.
“I’m really excited,” Waltz said about her new position. Waltz has been the United Way’s community resources coordinator for the past three years.
“Robin is passionate about creating a better community,” said Kristin Zemis, chair of the United Way board of trustees. “As a board, we believe Robin’s vision, energy and enthusiasm will ensure the continued success of this great community organization.”
About one in nine people in this area are touched by an agency affiliated with the United Way of Tuscarawas County. More than 11,000 residents received services in 2014 through the agency’s 24 primary programs, such as the Harbor House shelter, Tuscarawas County Council for Church & Community and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of HARCATUS.
Waltz is a graduate of New Philadelphia High School and earned a degree in business administration from Malone University in Canton. She spent 22 years as human resources director at Zimmer Medical, where she first became familiar with the United Way.
“We always held employee campaigns,” Waltz said. “I used the United Way as a charitable adviser. I always appreciated what the staff and volunteers did in regard to making decisions on what programs to fund.”
She joined the United Way two years after retiring from Zimmer.
“I support the mission of the United Way,” she said. “This organization and the staff live by that mission. I wanted to be a part of that after retiring. I wanted to be part of the community and be part of an organization that really does give back and covers so many different programs. That’s what drew me to the United Way.”
Waltz also expressed her appreciation to the United Way board, calling the members hard-working and active. “They, too, were a big part of why I accepted the position, because of their support,” she said.
Waltz and her husband, Perry, have two children.