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United Way of Hall County hires new president
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Jessica Dudley

Jessica Dudley will replace Joy Griffin as the new president and chief professional officer at United Way of Hall County.

Dudley will begin her transition into the role on April 22, working under the guidance of Griffin who plans to leave on April 30.

Katie Dubnik, chair of the nonprofit’s search committee, said Dudley has served as the executive director of Community Helping Place in Dahlonega over the past four years, managing around 15 staff members and 200 volunteers.

The nonprofit assists those in need around Lumpkin County, providing food, clothing, health care and emergency financial assistance.

“We’re excited for her enthusiasm and excitement for collaboration and community partnerships,” Dubnik said. “She comes with ideas and an energy for fundraising.”

Dudley additionally acts as the project director of the Two Georgia Initiative, which is a collaborative effort with Lumpkin County government, nonprofits, businesses and residents.

"Jessica's experience offers her a unique insight in addressing the challenges faced by underserved and underprivileged populations," Melissa Tymchuk, United Way board chair said in a press release. "In a short amount of time, she has made a tremendous impact on the Lumpkin County community, and we look forward to her doing the same in Hall County."

Dudley graduated with a master’s in social work from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and previously worked with the Department of Family and Children Services and Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter.

With Dudley’s social work background, Dubnik said she will prove a needed leader as United Way helps develop the Compass Center, which offers a one-stop place for assistance with hunger relief, affordable housing, health care and other resources.

Dudley currently serves on the Northeast Georgia Health System Advisory Board and participates in the Lead Forward Executive Leadership Program with the North Georgia Community Foundation.

Dubnik said United Way’s search committee went through countless applications before deciding on Dudley. The committee included nine members, all of which came from various leadership backgrounds.

“We really did bring a multifaceted group to the table that worked hard and diligently,” Dubnik said. “Thank you to that group for their dedication and giving their time to do this. We’re just really excited to have her (Dudley’s) leadership.”