United Way of Blount County has named Jennifer Wackerhagen
as president and CEO, according to a release from board Chairman Ken
Wackerhagen, 38, has worked for the organization for 12 years, with
her most previous position being vice president of Resource
“We are delighted that Jennifer has accepted the
position,” Cooper said. “As a Blount native, she knows our county and our people. She has the
experience, skills and heart required for this important position and will be an outstanding asset
to our community.”
According to the release, the search for the
position was national in scope, with more than 70 applicants
“After interviewing many candidates, Jennifer was the
unanimous choice,” Cooper said.
Wackerhagen said she is looking forward to
serving the community in this new role and said she is blessed with a great staff, volunteers and
“This organization means so much to me,” Wackerhagen
said. “I truly see every day the impact United Way has on individuals and families right here in
Blount County. I look forward to leading this organization that is such a powerful change agent in
Upon accepting the position, Wackerhagen has already
received tremendous support, but said she is missing someone special.
wish my dad were here,” she said. “I know he’s looking down and very proud of
Wackerhagen is a 1993 graduate of Alcoa High School and went on to
receive her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1997. She
started working at United Way in 2001 as Communications & Marketing Director and was promoted to
Vice President of Resource Development in 2006. She is currently a board member for Junior
Service League of Maryville. She is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Blount and a 2008 graduate of
East Tennessee Regional Leadership. In 2010, she received the Leadership Blount Alumni Service
She replaces Michelle Hankes, who became regional chief executive
for American Red Cross in July.
United Way of Blount County funds 48
programs in the areas of health, education and self-sufficiency. One in three people in Blount
County is affected by United Way-funded programs, which equates to almost 50,000 people in
The United Way of Blount County 2013 campaign will kick off
later this month.