The United Way of Kenosha County has hired a new chief executive officer.
Tara Panasewicz is taking over leadership of the charitable organization. She is a lifelong resident of Kenosha, known for giving back to the community through volunteerism and education, according to United Way officials.
“Educating our community on programs and volunteer opportunities leads to a deeper dedication and contribution to the success and betterment of our community,” she said in a statement. “This is the true meaning of taking care of our own backyard and was what attracted me to United Way of Kenosha County.”
She most recently served as vice president at Kenosha’s Southport Bank, and spent 14 years in Racine at Johnson Bank.
Panasewicz has also served on boards for Family Service of Racine, Racine Founders Rotary, Racine YMCA, Young Professionals of Racine, Lakeside Curative Services and Band of Blue.
She was chairwoman of Bark for Life of Racine and the Racine Policeman’s Ball and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, served as a foster home for Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue and was a Big Sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kenosha County.