United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties executive director retiring after 25 years

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Connie Carroll, executive director of the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties, is retiring after 25 years with the agency.

Connie Carroll is retiring as executive director of the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties.
Connie Carroll is retiring as executive director of the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties.

Originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, Carroll came to Monroe in 1974. Prior to working for the United Way, she spent 18 years with the Monroe County Employment and Training Department as an employment counselor, a news release said. She still interacts with many former clients — her “kids” — who she helped get their first job. She loves it when her “kids” reach out and share how well they are doing and how she positively affected their lives.

Carroll was hired as the United Way's associate director in 1997, and she became the executive director in 2008.

"Over 25 years, Connie helped many underserved individuals, families and groups in the Monroe and Lenawee communities," the organization said in a news release. "In her years as Executive Director, Connie helped to raise over $12.1 million to fund annually over thirty-five agency programs to meet urgent health, education, and financial stability needs."

Carroll has held numerous leadership positions with many area human services committees, groups, initiatives and boards.

“As a United Way Executive, Connie has been a tireless advocate promoting equal opportunities for everyone to have a good life and uplift those in need," United Way board chair Amanda Phebus of First Merchants Bank said in the release. "She is well respected by local peers and statewide United Way colleagues. Connie has a good heart and a strong desire to help those in need. The world, and especially our community is a better place because of Connie Carroll.”

The community is welcome to join in Carroll's retirement celebration at an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the UW Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 671 union hall at 309 Detroit Ave., Monroe. A formal ceremony will take place at 5 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to lhatala@unitedwaymlc.org. In lieu of gifts, Carroll wishes donations be made to the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties.

Carroll plans to spend time with her family — her three sons, grandchildren and two great-grandsons — and visit her sister and her family in Iowa. She is also an avid gardener and enjoys living across the street from Lake Erie in Detroit Beach. She plans to continue volunteering for her beloved community as well.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties executive director retiring