United Way of Hampshire County selects interim director

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Published: 6/12/2017 10:22:47 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Renee Moss just put her retirement on hold by three months — and the United Way of Hampshire County is the beneficiary.

Beginning June 26 until Sept. 22, Moss will serve as interim executive director for the United Way’s local chapter until a permanent replacement is found. She is replacing Jim Ayers, whose last day with the nonprofit was Friday. Ayers took a similar post as president and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley based in Springfield.

Moss, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, was planning to retire at the end of this week after serving the organization for 32 years.

“Our organization is very fortunate to have her step in at this critical time,” Julie Cowan, chairwoman of the United Way of Hampshire County, said in a press release.

Moss decided to take the interim position for several reasons. She’s familiar with the organization, having been a United Way of Hampshire County board member for eight years. She’s also worked closely with the nonprofit in her role as director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“I love the staff at the United Way and I look forward to working with them,” she said Monday.

She said that her style of leadership is very similar to Ayers’ so it should be a natural transition for the organization. Kate Glynn, United Way’s vice chairwoman, said that Moss “brings impressive experience to the interim director role at UWHC where she will work with the staff and the board on a number of fronts, including the search for a permanent executive.”

Moss sees the 20-hour-a-week position as a great way to ease into her retirement after working far full time at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

After the summer, she says, she wants to travel and “figure out what the next 32 years will look like.”

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