United Way Welcomes New Campaign Staff

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties announced Friday the hiring of Carolyn Tumbleson as Director of Resource Development and Denise Esker as Campaign Associate. The Director of Resource Development and the Campaign Associate are responsible for overseeing United Way’s annual fundraising campaign within Rutherford and Cannon counties.

Tumbleson joins United Way with a background in sales from Bristol-Myers Squibb and NCR Corporation. She is involved with the Discovery School at Reeves Rogers and is a past president of the Parent-Teacher Association. Tumbleson is also involved with Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Brian Hercules, President and CEO of United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties noted that Tumbleson’s “skill sets match our needs as she is able to offer relationship-building skills, organizational skills, and positive energy for this position.”

Former Director of Resource Development, Holly Lane-Adreon, recently opted to leave United Way in order to spend more time with her newborn daughter. “Holly’s contribution to United Way was beyond outstanding. She worked tirelessly and passionately to achieve a successful campaign each year while in her position,” said Hercules. “She is well-respected by the agencies and United Way shareholders, and as she enters this new chapter of her life we wish her well. She will be missed.”

Esker, the former Executive Director of the Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank, has been able to witness first-hand the impact that United Way has on the community and its role in improving the lives of thousands of people in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity of working with a great group of people who work hard to provide needed assistance to more than 40 non-profit agencies in Rutherford and Cannon counties,” said Esker. “I hope to inform and demonstrate that “Live United” is a real and accountable means of delivering needed services to our community. The strength of working together can accomplish this goal.”

“We are very proud to have Denise join our organization, she brings understanding of the needs as well as a passion to serve the community,” said Hercules. “She will make an immediate impact to our campaign from the many connections she has made as the Director of the Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank. I know she will be missed at the food bank.”
“We’re grateful the new team will hit the ground running,” said Andrew Oppmann, president and publisher of The Daily News Journal and DNJ.com and this year’s United Way campaign chairman. Recently, United Way surpassed it half-way point towards this year’s fundraising goal of $2.8 million.

The United Way and its 45 partner agencies and programs work to advance the common good in Rutherford and Cannon counties by focusing on the essentials for building a strong community: education, income and health. The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is located at 615 Memorial Boulevard, Suite 200 in Murfreesboro. For more information on how you can better your community by choosing to Live United, please call (615) 893-7303 or visit www.uwcannon.org