By Brenda L. Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — DANVILLE — United Way of Central Indiana has announced that Adriann Barger has been selected as the new Hendricks County area director, effective Dec. 23.
Barger will be taking over the reigns as long-time director Susie Friend retires. She may be a fresh, young face, but she’s not new to the United Way or its programming.
“When I was young, I was very involved in Youth As Resources,” Barger said. “I think I did my first project when I was in the fourth grade. I served on the YAR board, starting in the seventh grade, for six years. I was on the board until I graduated from high school and was the chair my junior and senior year.”
Barger graduated from Tri-West High School and then Purdue University.
“I started here right out of college in 2010,” she said.
In her role as the donor relations associate, she has been able to meet a lot of people and learn the ropes of the agency. She said she’s been trying for the past three years to learn as much as she could from Friend, who was nearing retirement.
“For the past couple of years I’ve been learning the county and building relationships,” she said. “I’ve been preparing myself for this opportunity.”
She said she values her time spent with Friend.
“I believe I met Susie when I was 13 years old,” Barger said. “She has been nothing but caring and supportive of me and my aspirations. I’m all about building on what she’s created.”
Friend will be officially retiring on Dec. 20 but will be returning in January and February on contract to help find Barger’s replacement and fill an administrative assistant opening.
“Susie will be around for a little bit,” Barger said. “I do anticipate a smooth transition. She’s got me perfectly set up. But I’m going to miss her.”
She said her first priority in 2014 will be to meet with all of the United Way agencies in the area.
“I want to see what their needs are,” Barger said. “And I know one of the biggest needs we have in Hendricks County now is homelessness. I want to see how the United Way can help with that issue.”
Planning for the next campaign will also begin soon after the year. She said she can’t wait to continue the good work of the United Way and is proud to be a part of the organization.
“I really think the United Way is all about helping the most people in the community at one time,” Barger said. “I enjoy seeing the work getting done. I look forward to seeing this resource being strong and active in the community.”