On Nov. 6 United Way of Greater Lorain County held an openhouse for CEO & President, Bill Harper's retirement. More than 100 people passed through to celebrate and congratulate Bill's many accomplishments, including his 9 years at United way. Harper was instrumental in leading the local United Way’s change in business model from primarily being a corporate fundraiser to becoming a leader in cross-sector collaboration aimed at achieving measurable community transformation through Collective Impact.
Harper first came to Lorain County in Dec. 2002 to lead the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, a position he held through June, 2007. While continuing to live in Lorain County, Harper was appointed to positions as the Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the executive director of the Summit County ADM Board. Harper returned to work in Lorain County in 2010 as director of United Way.