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Nash promotes three employees

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By LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, July 17, 2017

Four promotions are part of the new management structure for the Nash County Recreation and Senior Services Department.

Stacie Shatzer, the former director, has been named the assistant county manager. She's replacing Rosemary Dorsey who retired after 20 years on the job.

As part of the transition, Michele McKnight has been named director of Aging Services along with Thomas Gillespie as director of Parks and Recreation still under the new structure of the Recreation and Senior Services umbrella.

Ashley Winstead is advancing to a new position as supervisor of Aging Services.

Shatzer has been with Nash County since 2000. During her tenure, she opened the doors of The Nash County Senior Center in 2001; achieved Center of Excellence status from the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services in 2003; and made Nash the youngest center in the state to obtain such certification. Shatzer worked over the years to implement aging services for Nash County citizens and in 2010 she succeeded in making Nash a nationally accredited senior center. This accomplishment made the Nash County Senior Center only one of three in the state to achieve the honor.

Shatzer obtained a master’s degree with a Project Management Certificate from Fayetteville State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also obtained her Energy Diploma and Professional Energy Manager Certification from N.C. State University. She completed the Municipal and County Administration course through the University of North Carolina School of Government.

“She's hit the ground running,” said Nash County Manager Zee Lamb.

McKnight began her career with Nash County as the coordinator for the Senior Center in 2013. She attained a second national accreditation status for the Senior Center in 2015. She was promoted to manager of the Senior Center in 2016. Center membership and program offerings have grown significantly under McKnight’s leadership, county officials said.

Once the new senior center is open in southern Nash County, McKnight will oversee its development as well.

Gillespie came to Nash County in 2014 as athletic coordinator. He was named athletic superintendent in 2016. He has been key to the tremendous growth in programs offered to the community. Since joining Nash he has assisted staff in implementing many new programs. Participation in all programs is on a steady rise and in some areas, doubling from one year to the next, according to county staff.

Winstead has been the county's family caregiver coordinator since 2013. As the new supervisor of Aging Services, Winstead will supervise the Home Delivered Meals, Frozen Meals, Congregate Nutrition, General and Medical Transportation and Project Lifesaver programs.

Winstead will also take on a new role as lead for Nash County's Home and Community Care Block Grant, administrating the grant, including fund utilization by her department and three other agencies.

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