Donald Skinner is the new chief executive officer of United Way of Clallam County. — Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News ()

Donald Skinner is the new chief executive officer of United Way of Clallam County. — Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News ()

New CEO joins United Way in Clallam County

PORT ANGELES — The United Way of Clallam County has a new CEO.

Donald Skinner, who has moved to Port Angeles from Lincoln City, Ore., is working part time at the United Way offices at 1601 E. Front St., Building 2, Suite AB in Port Angeles. He plans to take over full time June 7.

Skinner, who said he is in his late 60s, retired as executive director from the Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center in July 2015.

He also worked with the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation and North Lincoln Hospital Foundation.

“I’ve worked around United Way campaigns and been impressed by the work done,” Skinner said.

“I felt like it was a great fit.”

He takes over from Susan Fisher, who has served as interim CEO since October.

Jody Moss resigned in September after nearly 10 years of heading the agency.

“Donald’s skills in management, fundraising, marketing and public relations will make him an excellent leader for our local United Way,” said George Eastman, the organization’s recently elected board president.

Skinner said his wife, Katelyn Lord, served as coordinator of the United Way in Lincoln County, Ore.

“We’ve always had a great appreciation of the organization. We’re very excited about being in the community,” he said.

Nonprofit experience

His professional experience has been with nonprofits.

“He has a proven record in fundraising and excels at grantwriting,” said Christy Smith, resource development manager, who joined the organization in February.

“While he was with Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center, he generated more than $5 million in grant funding,” Smith said in a news release.

“During his time at Pacific Communities Health District Foundation, he provided event supervision and support for major fundraising activities including securing $60,000 in grants and coordinating events that generated $75,000.”

“So far, I’ve been getting my feet wet with the activities and staff,” Skinner said.

“It feels like a great opportunity to get immersed in the community.”

Skinner noted prior changes at the organization.

Staff turnover

“There’s been almost a complete staff turnover in the last year,” he said, adding that the previous staff is supportive of new staff members.

“The board practically ran the last campaign,” he said.

“The organization is primed to do great things in the coming year.”

The 2015 annual campaign brought $726,353 in donations for United Way partner agencies and initiatives.

Board members took on management of the campaign while also recruiting new staff after Moss’ departure, said Corey Delikat, a board member who served as campaign coordinator.

Delikat, of Port Angeles, was elected vice president of the board when Eastman, of Neah Bay, was elected.

Grant Munro of Port Angeles is treasurer.

Skinner attended Oklahoma Baptist University and has graduate degrees from Yale Divinity School and U.C. Berkeley School of Psychology.

For more information on the United Way of Clallam County, see www.unitedwayclallam.org or check its Facebook page.

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Executive Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or at [email protected]

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