Raquel Painter is a Marine Corps veteran that served over 26 years for our country and now serves as the President of United Way of Onslow County. Raquel is a dedicated, passionate and committed member of our community. She serves our community in a variety of roles to help every resident thrive. She is a member of the Jacksonville Onslow Civic Affairs Committee playing an active role in all Civic Affairs recognition ceremonies. Raquel lead the 2020 Census for the community’s nonprofit organizations. She chairs the Onslow Strong Disaster Recovery Alliance, which she co-founded after the devastating destruction of Hurricane Florence. OSDRA was selected and nominated as a 2020 Golden Rule Lightkeeper Award winner and recently awarded the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. She also chairs the Onslow Veterans Pow Wow, which she founded in 2020 to bring Native American culture awareness to our community. Raquel is a Rotarian and currently serves with the Jacksonville Rotary Club. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Turning Adversity Into Success for Children in Onslow (TASCO). TASCO is working to eliminate child abuse and neglect through community education, awareness, intervention and advocacy. She is also an active member in the Military Affairs Committee through the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce. Raquel is North Carolina’s 2021 Combat Female Veteran of the Year.