Melody Couchman, a native of Bellefontaine, is introduced this week as the first director of community engagement at United Way of Logan County.
Couchman joins the United Way team full-time to help with the annual campaign, special events, volunteer activities and more.
She brings years of relationship building and community service to the table. In addition to working for many years in her family’s flower business, Couchman is a certified personal fitness and training instructor.
As a volunteer, she designed and developed local events that have raised over $500,000 to benefit the Logan County Cancer Society, including the annual Doors of EnCOURAGEment exhibit and auction, Lights of Love Memory Trees and the Sunflower Shuffle. She also coordinated blood drives that raised over 1,000 units for patients in need.
“Helping people and caring for our community has been a passion for me and I look forward to continuing to do so with United Way,” Couchman said.
“Melody jumped at this opportunity as the first person to apply, just an hour or two after the job posting,” said Dave Bezusko, Executive Director of United Way.
“I was sitting at the table when I saw his email arrive, and a big smile appeared on my face because I knew we were going to have someone special for this role. The experience, the relationships and compassion make her the perfect person to serve as the other face of United Way in the community.
Bezusko said the United Way board is confident that now is the time for United Way to invest in itself to support recent growth. Not only is Logan County the smallest community in Ohio to ever achieve a United Way million dollar campaign (it happened four years in a row), but United Way of Logan County has the most small state staff among the dozen local United Ways collections. between $1 million and $1.5 million per year.
In his spare time, Couchman enjoys spending time with his family. She runs half marathons, rides a bike and enjoys creating something artistic.