United Way Elects Celeste Barr Board Chair


Celeste Barr

United Way of Chester County recently elected its first female board chair and its 2017 - 2018 community campaign chair, along with welcoming two community leaders committed to making a difference to its board of directors.  

As part of its annual meeting, Celeste Barr, President of Clarus Consulting, was elected as United Way of Chester County’s first female board chair.  She began her career at a regional accounting firm and then formed her own small business in 1999 to provide tax services to individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small companies. She is also the outsourced CFO for a private high school in Delaware. Since 2006, Celeste has served on United Way of Chester County’s board and been a leader on its Executive Committee as a Board Secretary and later as Treasurer.

Joseph Tankle, Vice President of Business Development at Meridian Bank, was also elected the 2017-2018 community campaign chair and will travel throughout Chester County to excite businesses and their employees about community service. With a strong record of community service and leadership, Joseph currently serves on the board of Community Volunteers in Medicine, Main Line Chamber Foundation and volunteers with Surrey Services for Seniors. He also previously served as the CEO of the YMCA of the Upper Main Line, where he grew their operating budget from $4 million to $17 million and led four capital campaigns that raised $25 million for building expansions.

Joining United Way of Chester County’s board is Jodi Roth-Saks, Director of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs at West Chester University, and Tony Scheivert, the Township Manager of New Garden Township.

Prior to joining the board, Jodi Roth-Saks helped to assess agency funding requests as part of United Way’s Community Impact Teams. Supporting on-going and one-time community service projects is one of her key responsibilities at West Chester University. She also helped to advise students in creating and implementing service-learning programs as a community service coordinator at Sonoma State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Colorado State University and a Masters of Arts degree in education from University of Connecticut. 

Tony Scheivert started his career in the Borough of West Chester’s Recreation Department, before moving to the park and recreation director position at Upper Southampton Township. He then served as the first ever Parks and Recreation Director at Caln Township, where he was instrumental in the development of a 30-acre community park, the purchase of the Ingleside Golf Club, the creation of a Community Day and many other community-wide improvement projects. Tony most recently served as Assistant Township Manager in Caln before taking on his current position. He received a Bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Lock Haven University and a Master’s degree in public administration from West Chester University.

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