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Worcester County G.O.L.D. names Otterbein executive

WORCESTER COUNTY–Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), Inc., has announced the appointment of Claire Otterbein to the position of executive director.
Otterbein will lead an organization that since its founding in 1996 has provided services to thousands of Worcester County residents in need.
Otterbein brings years of experience in non-profit administration and previously served as the executive director of the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill.  Achievements during her tenure at the Julia A. Purnell Museum include bringing a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit to Snow Hill in 2011.  
She is a native of Worcester County and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Towson University.
“The Board of Directors is very pleased and excited to welcome Claire Otterbein as executive director of Worcester County G.O.L.D. as we go forward in addressing challenges and needs to continue our excellent service to Worcester County citizens,” said Carol L. Jacobs, president of the Board of Directors.
Otterbein will replace Darlene Onley, who retired in early January. Onley was promoted to executive director in 2009 after having served as G.O.L.D.’s assistant director since 2002. Under Onley’s leadership G.O.L.D. was awarded prestigious grants from the Humphrey’s Foundation and the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation.
Worcester County G.O.L.D.’s mission is to improve the quality of life of local citizens for whom traditional means of well-being support is not fully available, and to promote dignity by providing financial aid to children in foster care, vulnerable adults and families in crisis.  
During the 2013 holiday season more than 900 people in need received gifts and food through Worcester County G.O.L.D.’s Helping Hands for the Holidays program.  
G.O.L.D is one of a few nonprofits in Maryland that has successfully completed a stringent peer review through Maryland Nonprofits and has received recertification through their Standards For Excellence Program.