We are very excited to welcome our new Office Manager, Tayler Hyatt, to the team, and plan to say goodbye to Manager of Operations of 9 years, Charles Conley, who will retire June 30, 2021. Burke County United Way (BCUW) has also realigned its staff organization to create efficiencies as it prepares to move into a new fiscal year; Marketing and Administrative Professional, Abigail Taylor, will move into a new position as Marketing and Campaign Manager on July 1.
Tayler Hyatt is new to Burke County, having relocated from Charlotte in January 2021 with her husband, three children, and Siberian Husky Milo. However, Tayler is no stranger to the mountains, hailing from Maggie Valley, NC. Tayler brings 8 years of Hospitality and Tourism Industry experience to BCUW, and is proficiently skilled in bookkeeping, marketing, and customer relations, making her a perfect fit for the collaborative BCUW team. Tayler has a passion for working with children and has volunteered extensively with the Special Olympics.
Charles Conley has served BCUW as Manager of Operations for nearly a decade. Starting in 2012 under Board President Scott Mulwee and Executive Director (ED) Wendy Cato, Charles brought with him 32 years of experience in mortgage lending, 17 years as a business owner of Conley Mortgage, and 12 years combined as a Board Member, Treasurer, Budget & Allocations Chairman and Campaign Cabinet Member for BCUW. Charles has served as the unofficial BCUW historian for 3 ED’s. For Charles, the most rewarding special event through the years was Toys for Tots, a long-time partnership with BCUW and the Table Rock Marine Corps League, and a large operation providing Burke County children with gifts every Christmas. He particularly remembers giving one little boy a bicycle and the joy of his priceless excitement. The staff and board at BCUW, past and present, and anyone else associated with Charles Conley would agree that his accomplishments and the ways in which he has impacted Burke County are numerous. Charles Conley’s presence in the Burke County United Way office will be incredibly missed.
When asked about his experience and what he looks forward to in retirement Charles said, “I will miss my fellow employees. The camaraderie and teamwork are very special to me. I am looking forward to doing my bucket list, starting with a trip to Fenway Park in Boston to see the Red Sox. I also look forward to more exercising, hiking, and spending more time with family and friends (especially my two grandsons).”
“Charles has been an invaluable resource to Burke County United Way and a positive influence on the entire Burke County Community. We are so thankful for his years of dedication and hard work. We are also excited to welcome Tayler to the Burke County United Way team; her perspective and intrinsic drive to enhance our work has already created efficiencies,” said Executive Director, Maureen “Mo” Schwind