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Jerri Haigler joins BELL as Executive Director of the Carolinas

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Photo: Jerri reads with scholars in the BELL After School program in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, NC - June 18, 2014 - Today BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) welcomed Jerri Haigler, B.S., A.P.R., as its Executive Director of the Carolinas. In her new role, Jerri is responsible for the impact and sustainability of BELL's summer and after school programs and partnerships in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Wilmington, as well as the organization's growth in North and South Carolina.

"Learning shouldn't stop when the afternoon bell rings or the summer months begin," explains Haigler. "Children in under-resourced communities need access to strong quality academic after-school and summer programs that can transform their lives. I'm excited to join the BELL team and be part of an organization that's moving the needle for students who need academic support, social enrichment, and mentoring."

Jerri brings to BELL a wide range of experience and passion in public relations, community development, and education. Most recently, she served the Vice President of Education, Engagement & Communications at the United Way of Central Carolinas (UWCC), where she oversaw strategic communications and marketing and strengthened community and volunteer engagement. She led the United Way's Volunteer Center and was instrumental in launching and implementing the Collective Impact education pilot in Mecklenburg County, working with 16 agencies to increase graduation rates for 13,000 at-risk children.

Earlier, she served as Executive Director for Parent University and Family & Community Services for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She has also held positions of Assistant to the President for Community Relations and Public Affairs for Central Piedmont Community College; Public Information Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Vice President for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Education Foundation; and School/Community Relations Coordinator for Union County Schools.

"BELL has built several strong and effective partnerships across the state," says Tiffany Gueye, Ph.D., BELL's Chief Executive Officer. "With Jerri's leadership, we look forward to building on their success so that more scholars and families can access the expanded learning opportunities they need and deserve."

Jerri served on the Board of Charlotte Emergency Housing (CEH) and as Vice President of the Charlotte Rescue Mission Board. She is actively involved at First Baptist Church-Huntersville, serving on the missions team, school-partnership committee, and working with preschoolers. She also serves as a mentor for a student at Sedgefield Middle School.

Jerri holds a B.S. in Communications from Wingate University and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. She was honored with the Infinity Award from the Charlotte Chapter of the PRSA of America, and in 2011, Jerri received the Wingate University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Click over to our blog to read a brief interview with Jerri about her new role.