Craig J. Wagner
President/Chief Professional Officer
Craig assumed the President/CPO position in July 2010. A native of Onslow County and graduate from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication/Public Relations, Craig was named one of eleven Elite Pirates at the University as well as being awarded the 'Servire Society' Medal for his service to the community. In his previous role as Community Development & Media Relations Director for United Way of Pitt County, Craig brings an extensive knowledge of United Way operations to his role in Onslow. Craig also served as president for the Dream Factory of NC, an all-volunteer charity that grants dreams to children with critical and chronic illness, after revamping the organization when it was nearly closed. Craig has pioneered several successful initiatives while at United Way of Onslow County, such as Solutions for Stability which decreased childhood homelessness by 25% in two years, and the CHEW Program, which combats childhood hunger. Other initiatives include the Jacksonville-Onslow Disaster Relief Fund, Volunteer Onslow, and SmartCents Financial Empowerment Center.
April A. Priester
Vice President of Financial and Operational Development
April grew up in a military family here in gorgeous Onslow County and is a proud White Oak Viking alumnus. Following high school, April plotted various ways to escape the area. She then spent twenty-two years seeing the world and verifying something that she suspected as early as two weeks after she left Jacksonville: There is no place like home!
April is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education degree with a concentration in Business Administration. April has worked in a number of fields from healthcare to finance. She is a Credit Union National Association Certified Lending Specialist, and Certified Financial Educator. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and has a long and rich history of volunteering which began in elementary school when she would entertain nursing home residents with her grandparents and continues to this day. April is a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and believes that one giving person, volunteering their time and skills, can cause a ripple that will change the world.
Solutions for Stability Coordinator
Susan was born and raised in Onslow County. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from East Carolina University. Susan taught school in both Craven and Onslow Counties. She was a coordinator for family specialists with Head Start and spent the last 4 years as a Parent Liaison with the school system. Susan is exited to help the homeless families in Onslow County.
Shelly is a military spouse of 25 years who has resided in Jacksonville, NC for over half of her life. She is the proud mother to three White Oak Viking alumni and has previously worked for the Onslow County School System for a number of years. Shelly graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College and holds an Associates in Arts degree with a concentration in elementary education. She is excited to be a part of United Way of Onslow County and loves knowing that the work United Way does impacts so many of her neighbors in need.