As a Board Member of United Way, Butler County, Darla is serving the community she has grown up in and lived her entire life. Darla is a resident of Clearfield Township and is married with three children. She is also the Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resource Management at NexTier Bank. Darla has been a contributor to the bank’s annual United Way campaign during the nineteen years she has been with the bank. She has held a variety of positions during her tenure with NexTier, finally ascending to her current role, which allows her to do what she loves best—help people. “For me, the most rewarding part of my job is the people, the interaction with the employees, and serving them,” says Darla.
Never has this service been more critical to such a large portion of Western Pennsylvania than right now. As COVID-19 hit the region and small businesses closed their doors, NexTier stepped up to help to keep paychecks in the hands of workers across the region. NexTier processed over 1,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans. Over 120 of these loans were to women-owned businesses. “The loans totaled over $130 million in funds that came back into the community,” says Darla. “We understood the urgency and over the first weekend of the Paycheck Protection Program, our team worked through Easter to ensure that our clients had timely access to financial support. We don’t consider this going above and beyond—it has always been a part of our mission to be responsible corporate citizens helping local families and businesses.”
Darla brings that same spirit of service to her personal philanthropy. As a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) she helps generate ideas and implement them. Last year the Butler County WLC identified a need to support an area high school program that provides teens with food, toiletries, shoes and clothing. The program is called “Tornado Shelter.” The WLC held a drive to help stock the high school “cupboard.” Darla explains that the program helps prevent teens from going hungry on the weekends and gives them things they might otherwise go without.
Darla says her experiences working with people have shown her how important it is to give back to her community. “I understand that you can’t just talk about the change. We have to be the change. I think a lot of people want to be part of the change, but they don’t know what to do to make it happen. Everybody can play a role.”
To learn more about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, contact Lynne Popash at firstname.lastname@example.org in Allegheny County or Terri Dominick at Terri.Dominick@unitedwayswpa.org in Westmoreland County or Sherrie Dunlap Gallagher at email@example.com in Butler County.