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Genie Sherard, President

Genie joined United Way of Horry County in April 2014.

Born and reared in Anderson, SC, and a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, Genie enjoyed a 30-year career with IBM Corporation. Combining her professional and community interests, she joined United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit in 2011 as Director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, United Way’s organization for its largest individual donors.

Genie enjoys travel, reading and walks on the beach.  She and her husband, Reid, have one son, Reid Jr., who lives and works in New York.

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Ann Graham, Director of Administration

Ann has been with United Way of Horry County since June of 1977 and is a true native of Conway. Ann says, ” I have worked here for 40 years because I know that what I do everyday, in some way helps someone in our community.”

Ann enjoys planting flowers, tending to her garden and reading. She has a daughter, Christian, a son, Mark and three grandchildren, Caylin, Shayla and Archer. She resides in Conway with her tea-cup yorkie, Daisy.


Ashley Buxton, Finance Manager

Ashley joined United Way of Horry County in August of 2016.

Ashley received her bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina University.  After a professional start in the community sector, she went on to focus specifically in nonprofit management and philanthropy, receiving her master’s from Bay Path University.  She is excited to contribute to positive change in our community.

Ashley and her husband enjoy exploring the beach, hiking and traveling to new places.

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Julia Nichols, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Julia started with United Way in May of 2017. She graduated from College of Charleston in 2010 where she competed on the equestrian team.

She continued her love for horses becoming the Program Director at Brickhouse Equestrian Center on Johns Island. There she worked closely with Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, a non-profit working with adults and children with disabilities.

Julia is a native of Myrtle Beach and is excited to be working with United Way to impact the community that’s very dear to her. Besides being passionate about influencing people’s lives, she also enjoys Carolina Panther football and her bloodhound, Fred.

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Rosanne Dates, Director of Community Impact

Rosanne leads the organization’s community impact efforts, overseeing partnerships and initiatives and managing the annual competitive grants process.

She has a B.S. From the College of Charleston and will complete a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Delaware in 2018.  Before joining United Way of Horry County in 2015, Rosanne worked in community relations, outreach, and management for both nonprofits and privately-owned companies.  Rosanne’s favorite part of her position is collaborating with other agencies and foundations on large-scale initiatives that positively impact the lives of all citizens in Horry County.