The United Way of Southern Kentucky Board of Directors announced today that Debbie Hills has been promoted as President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky effective July 1st. Hills had been serving as Interim President since January.

“Great things are happening with United Way of Southern Kentucky, and there is no better person to lead the organization than Debbie,” United Way of Southern Kentucky Chairman of the Board of Directors Brad Odil stated. “Her management experience, knowledge of the communities we serve and, most importantly, her passion for our community impact work is taking the organization to a new level.”

Hills has been an employee of United Way of Southern Kentucky for 17 years serving in previous roles as Director of Community Impact, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and most recently as Interim President. In her 17 years with United Way, Hills has led campaign work in multiple counties, facilitated the annual allocations process, directed needs assessments and managed agency funding relationships. Recently, Hills has led United Way’s transformation to a community impact platform that addresses issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net including the research development and execution, and the allocations process redesign. In addition, Hills has been the leader in the creation of the Southern Kentucky 2-1-1 Contact Center. As COO, Hills oversaw all functional areas including finance and administration, resource development, marketing, and community impact.  Hills also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky, and has served as board chairman for the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board of Directors for the past six years.

Before joining United Way of Southern Kentucky, Hills spent 17 years with Fruit of the Loom, including 10 years in senior management including Vice President of Marketing for both the men’s underwear division and the children’s products division.

Hills is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

“I am honored and excited to serve as President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky,” Hills says. “I am confident of the strong foundation of community research which our new community impact platform is derived from.  Collaborative efforts in the coming years for the community impact platform will truly transform our community for generations to come.  Our vision is clear and I have the great fortune to have a dynamic, committed board of directors and an incredibly talented staff to help lead this critical transition with me.”

For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.

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