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The Up Center Board Appoints New CEO

Tina_headshotThe Up Center today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tina Gill as President & Chief Executive Officer effective April 1. She will succeed Ed Welp, who retires after a 24-year tenure as the agency’s head on March 28.

“Tina is a proven leader with a collaborative style, business vision and the ability to bring people together. She brings creative ideas and innovative strategies to fruition, which is what The Up Center needs as we propel our community to becoming more trauma informed,” said Ed Welp. “These practices ensure that we are responding to the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors, working more collaboratively with our community partners, and ultimately, empowering our clients,” Ed added.

Tina’s experience has spanned more than 20 years. In 1990, Tina joined Landmark Communications as a New Ventures Associate, ultimately becoming General Manager of their Interactive Media group. Most recently, she served as Vice President of External Relations Operations Wellpoint/Amerigroup and Executive Director of the Amerigroup Foundation. In addition, she steered the National Advisory Board on Improving Healthcare Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities, bringing a deep understanding of issues around Medicaid and serving the more vulnerable members of our community.

“I am extremely honored to be a part of an agency with such rich history of helping Hampton Road’s vulnerable citizens,” said Tina Gill. “And, I am committed in upholding The Up Center’s reputation of innovation and excellence,” said Tina Gill.

A Virginia Beach resident, Tina is married with three daughters and is dedicated to volunteering her time to local organizations such as Volunteer Hampton Roads and The Red Cross.

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