News release from United Way of Madison County
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – United Way of Madison County (UWMC) today announced the hiring of Wendy Kirk as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mrs. Kirk has served as interim president for the past 10 months and prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer since her initial hire in 2010. She is the first woman to lead the UWMC in its 70-year history.
“Wendy has demonstrated a strong commitment to help those in our community least able to help themselves, and I join the full board in welcoming her to this new role,” said Joe Newberry, UWMC’s 2013 Board Chair and the President/Chief Executive Officer of Redstone Federal Credit Union.
“I’m overjoyed at the thought of the work that we, as a community, will do toward creating lasting change for those who need it most,” stated Kirk. “United Way’s initiatives in health, education, and income provide a focus for true community impact, and I’m excited about the collaborative efforts that are on the horizon for our community.”
Mrs. Kirk previously served as the Executive Director of United Way of Northeast Arkansas, addressing needs in eight counties. Prior to that she was an Academic Advisor/Instructor at Arkansas State University and ran the Restart Program for students returning to school after academic suspension. Mrs. Kirk was also appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism for the State of Arkansas. She is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Class 24, and currently serves on Leadership’s Planning Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville.
Mrs. Kirk’s decades of experience working with military families and at-risk college students brings a unique perspective to the role of President.
“My work at Arkansas State University was the perfect precursor to work in the social services arena. I saw students struggling to make ends meet each day, working three jobs to pay the tuition, unable to afford textbooks, and taking care of aging and ill parents as well as children. It was a challenge to find the resources they needed simply to keep them enrolled. I now have the opportunity to work on finding solutions for those with similar social issues each day, and I am extremely optimistic about the accomplishments we will reach together.”
Mrs. Kirk is a graduate of Arkansas State University, and received her Bachelor of Science in Finance, along with her Masters in Business Administration. She also holds her Certification in Volunteer Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Mrs. Kirk lives in Huntsville with her husband of 24 years, Todd, and their two children Katelyn (22) and Jacob (15).