The United Way of Greater Williamsburg announced Friday that Sharon Gibson-Ellis will take over as the new executive director. Gibson-Ellis will replace retiring director Sharron Cornelius, who will leave in early April after serving in the position for 14 years. Gibson-Ellis has most recently served as the Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of Muscatine in Iowa.
“The United Way Search Committee did an outstanding job in leading us to Sharon Gibson-Ellis and we are confident that she will maintain the excellent leadership United Way has enjoyed for many years,” says Bob Graves, President of the UWGW Board. “She has a proven track record of success with United Way and her vision, energy and enthusiasm will be well received in our community.”
In Iowa, Gibson-Ellis helped her organization update their technology systems and increased the community campaign by 10 percent.
She has worked with the United Way in various capacities since 1977, serving as associate director and executive director for Benton and Lincoln Counties in Oregon. She has also owned a small business and has extensive experience as a teacher, trainer and facilitator for a host of courses and programs on non-profit management, resource development and accountability.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be part of the Greater Williamsburg communities and specifically to follow in the footsteps of a well-respected and proven leader at the United Way of Greater Williamsburg,” says Gibson-Ellis.
She’ll begin her position on April 4, and Cornelius will stay on through April 8 to ensure a smooth transition.
“It will be difficult to say goodbye to a well-respected leader like Sharron Cornelius,” adds Graves. “But we are grateful for the legacy she leaves and confident that Sharon Gibson-Ellis is the right person to lead the United Way as we head into our next chapter.”