Kristan Ginnings named CEO of Washington County United Way

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 13, 2018 at 7:15 PM

The United Way of Washington County has chosen First Citizens Bank Vice President and Tri-Cities Market Executive Kristan Ginnings to serve as the United Way’s next president and chief executive officer.

Ginnings will begin work for the United Way on April 1 and will replace Jerome Julian, who announced his resignation as United Way president and CEO in January.

A native and lifelong resident of Jonesborough, Ginnings will bring more than 14 years of financial experience to the United Way office, including leadership of First Citizens’ banking initiatives in the Tri-Cities market with a specialty in business and commercial lending.

A 2004 graduate of David Crockett High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, where she majored in organizational leadership, and a master’s degree in business administration from King College in Bristol.

She is also employed an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University, where she teaches quantitative business methods.

In a press release issued by the United Way to announce her selection, Ginnings said, “I can’t think of anything more rewarding than helping make a positive change in the lives of so many people and helping make our home an even better place to live.

“This is an opportunity for me to make an impact and support the community that I love dearly; the community in which I was born and raised.”

United Way Board Chair Kim Holley said the board is “excited and honored” to have Ginnings as president and CEO and is confident “she will use her skills and passion for our community to reach new heights.”

“With Kristan’s leadership, we have the ability to continue to add value and make an impact in the lives of every citizen in our community,” Holly said.

Julian, who will leave the United Way on March 31 to begin work with a The United Company, a diversified energy corporation based in Bristol, Virginia, said in the press release that Ginnings “has a proven passion” for the United Way and the agencies and programs it supports.”

An active community volunteer, Ginnings serves as a member of the United Way’s Allocations Committee, a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee and a member of Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Workforce, Education and Industrial Council.

She has been active in the local United Way throughout her banking career and has served on the Allocations Committee for the past five years.

Ginnings said she will spend the coming weeks working with Julian and with First Citizens Bank to smooth the way for leadership transitions in both organizations.

Julian said in the press release that he looks forward to seeing the United Way thrive under her leadership.

A graduate of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Leadership 2020 program, Ginnings also serves as the Chamber’s program chair.

Last year she, she was honored by the Business Journal as the Tri-Cities 40 Under Forty award winner and also played an instrumental role in First Citizens Bank’s selection as a Johnson City Chamber of Commerce 2017 Faith in the Future award winner.

She lives in Jonesborough with her 8-year-old son, Reed.

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