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Jennifer Wackerhagen has been named the new president and CEO of the United Way of Blount County.

Wackerhagen, 38, has worked for the organization for 12 years, with her most previous position being vice president of resource development.

"We are delighted that Jennifer has accepted the position," said Ken Cooper, United Way Blount County board chair. "As a Blount native, she knows our county and our people. She has the experience, skills and heart required for this important position and will be an outstanding asset to our community."

The search for the position was national in scope, with more than 70 applicants screened.

Wackerhagen said she is looking forward to serving the community in this new role and said she is blessed with a great staff, volunteers and partner agencies.

"This organization means so much to me," Wackerhagen said. "I truly see every day the impact United Way has on individuals and families right here in Blount County. I look forward to leading this organization that is such a powerful change agent in our community."

Wackerhagen is a 1993 graduate of Alcoa High School and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1997. She started working at United Way in 2001 as communications and marketing director and was promoted to vice president of resource development in 2006. She is currently a board member for the Junior Service League of Maryville. She is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Blount and a 2008 graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership. In 2010, she received the Leadership Blount Alumni Service Award.


Marian Roman, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Tennessee, has been honored for her work in aiding the mentally ill in the Knoxville community.

She is the recipient of the 2013 Award for Innovation from the American Psychiatric Nursing Association. The APNA Annual Awards recognize nurses who exemplify excellence across the spectrum of psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, education, leadership, research and innovation. …

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