York United Way names visitors bureau head as new executive director

York County Convention & Visitors Bureau President Anne Druck talks about  funding before a Pennsylvania tourism rally is held at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Following the retirement of longtime director Robert Woods, the United Way of York County named a new successor — a lifetime resident and local leader.

The board of directors selected Anne Druck as the new executive director and CEO for the organization, to begin July 9.

Druck, a lifelong resident of the county, served as president for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 25 years. 

Retiring Executive Director Woods stated that Druck has been a supportive advocate of the organization over the past few years.

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"She is always thinking of new ways to make connections between local companies and how they can give back," he stated in a news release. "That will help to lead to future growth, which will allow United Way to impact even more lives in York County." 

"While retirement is certainly bittersweet," he added, "it feels good to know that the organization will be left in such capable hands.” 

United Way board chair Joe Rilatt believes Druck's previous experience as a United Way campaign chair along with her extensive fundraising experience made her well-suited for the position.

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United Way Executive Director Bob Woods is shown in his office at his home in Spring Garden Township, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Woods will be retiring after 26 years with the York County United Way in June. He has been with the United Way organization for 38 years in total. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“Anne is passionate about York County and the important work that United Way provides to our community," Rilatt stated. "Robert Woods has left an outstanding legacy, and he is leaving the organization in great standing."

"We look forward to seeing Anne put her well-recognized talents of working with volunteers, branding and securing new funding, to work for the benefit of our community through United Way," he continued.

The organization's chair-elect, Amy Wannemacher, led a national search to find a new director over the past two years.

"Going through that extensive search made it all the more rewarding when we were able to identify the best candidate was in fact right here in our own community,” she said.

Community involvement is important to Druck, who also serves as president-elect for the Rotary Club of York, sits on the advisory board for the Women’s Business Organization Center and sits on the board of directors for the Partnership for Economic Development York County and the Southern York County School District Foundation. 

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“I have always felt that it is extremely important to give back to the community where my family and I live,” she stated. 

She looked back at her time at the visitor's bureau with pride.

“There is an incredible team there that I have been proud to see grow significantly over the years," she stated. "I am looking forward to bringing that same level of team building to United Way, where I will be able to take a deeper dive into impacting lives of people in our community.”