United Way names Mary Ann Dilling new director


The Oshkosh Area United Way board named a new CEO to lead the organization.

Board Chair Al Hartman announced Mary Ann L. Dilling has accepted the position at the agency beginning in July. Dilling most recently was employed with the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh where she served in a variety of roles including Director, Business Development and Director, Events and Hospitality. Prior to her positions with EAA she was the Executive Director for Fond du Lac Festivals.

Board Member Amy Sitter led the search committee for the new CEO as the organization’s current leader Susan Panek is set to retire. According to Sitter, the search began in earnest in January when the board contracted with QTI Executive and Professional Search Inc. headquartered in Madison with offices throughout Wisconsin to conduct the search and provide candidates to the board for review.

Sitter states, “The board was very specific in the qualities we were seeking in our next CEO. We wanted someone very mission driven, who would be a collaborative and innovative leader and manager. We believe Mary Ann fits the criteria very well and we are pleased to welcome her and introduce her to the Oshkosh community as our next CEO.”

Dilling attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville, and is a Certified Festival and Event Executive.  In both of her prior careers with FFI and EAA, she was tasked with significant fundraising and was able to achieve her budgeted goals.  She will step into her new role effective July 2, 2018.  A reception to welcome her and introduce her to the community will be held at a later date.

While Dilling enjoyed her work at EAA, she says she is excited for the challenge this opportunity presents. The Oshkosh Area United Way board underwent strategic planning over a year ago, and set forth ambitious fundraising goals for the future.  She states, “I don’t underestimate the big shoes I have to fill, as Sue was a compassionate leader with her fingers on the pulse of needs in our community. However, I am looking forward to meeting the goals set forth by the board and leading the organization forward.”

To learn more about the Oshkosh Area United Way www.oshkoshunitedway.org.


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Justin R. Mitchell

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