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United Way hires COO

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United Way of the Ozarks this morning announced the hiring of a new chief operating officer.

Marti Cashel is scheduled to start Oct. 10 as the nonprofit’s COO and vice president of finance. She comes to United Way with more than 38 years of accounting experience, most recently as controller and payroll and human resources administrator for ammunition maker Fiocchi of America Inc. in Ozark, according to a news release.

United Way spokeswoman Jill Finney said Cashel fills an expanded and renamed role. Sheri Lupton, who’s now with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, previously was United Way’s chief financial officer. Since Lupton left, Shari Wyley also briefly was CFO but moved out of state, Finney added.

Cashel represents a key hire for Greg Burris, who took over as president and CEO in August for the retiring Debi Meeds.

“Marti’s impressive background will help continue United Way of the Ozarks’ transparency, as well as ensure the fiscal integrity of the agency continues,” Burris said in the release.

Cashel will oversee the financial aspects of the nonprofit, which has an annual budget of $5 million. She’ll oversee legal compliance and contracts, donor database management, information services, human resources and facilities. For the United Way Board of Directors, she’ll also prepare annual budgets.

United Way’s Aug. 1 job posting for the COO role listed a salary range of $55,000-$65,000.

The local chapter of the United Way works through 22 agencies to fund community programs in health, education and financial stability.

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