The United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors has selected Mandy Parsons to serve as interim president & CEO, replacing Tina Lamb Gentry, who has been at the helm for the past 5 1/2 years. Gentry has accepted a position as Chief Advancement and Access Officer with TCN based in North Carolina. Parsons took the reins on Oct. 1.
“Tina has been an outstanding leader in this organization and throughout our community,” says Jon Rembold, United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors’ acting chairman. “While she will certainly be missed, we have the utmost confidence in Mandy’s ability to lead the organization through this transitional period.”
Parsons comes with a decade of experience in non-profit management. She joined the United Way of the Lowcounty team in June 2017, serving as director of finance. Before coming to United Way, she served as senior manager with the American Cancer Society.
Prior to moving to the Lowcountry, Parsons served as executive director of the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez, Kentucky, where she not only provided leadership to the 30-member team but also developed and implemented an educational reading program throughout the county. As a result of her leadership, she was awarded the Hal Rogers Health Impact Award for accomplishments in community health among other awards.
“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve our community in this capacity,” says Parsons. “I am passionate about the work we are doing here at United Way of the Lowcountry to make our community a better place and help our neighbors in need.”
Parsons graduated from Alice Lloyd College and earned her MBA from Morehead State University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from Morehead State University. Parsons is married to Neil Parsons and together, they have three teenage children.
Gentry has led the organization for the past 5 ½ years through a number of pivotal transitions and challenges.
The Board of Directors has formed a search committee for the CEO position and expects the search to take five to six months.