Ruth is a native of Tennessee. She moved to Etowah County in 2011 with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and retired in 2013. In 2015 she began her career with United Way of Etowah County as the 2-1-1First Call for Help Director from 2015-2020 and Interim Executive Director 2019 – 2020. December 2020, she was hired as the Executive Director of United Way of Etowah County. She is a proud graduate of Jacksonville State University (Go Gamecocks!) and continues to contribute her time and efforts through the Communications and Alumnae Relations departments at JSU.
She is described by her peers as thoughtful, encouraging, determined yet focused and solution-driven when strategically tackling a problem. Ruth is not afraid to speak-up and stand-firm for what she believes. She shares a mantra with her mother: “Be the change you would like to see in the world,” and her mothers’ is: “If it is to be it is up to me.”
She has various certifications and letters behind her name which simply mean she has spent several years building in professional development. She believes in the power of great education and the necessity of combining education with life experiences to create balance and wholesomeness.
She can be found regularly volunteering through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. They are committed to volunteering through their 5-point thrust areas which include: Educational Development, Economic Development, Physical and Mental Health Awareness and International Awareness and Involvement. She also serves on the Board of the Gadsden Public Library, Rotary, Women’s Club, Leadership Etowah and various other civic organizations. Her robust background in social service nonprofits demonstrates her belief that at the core nonprofits help “lift the community by lifting the people.”
When asked about her many accomplishments, she will quickly respond that her family is one of her greatest accomplishments. Her husband David is a Goodyear retiree and they recently became “empty nesters” She has 7 children that are actively involved in the states they reside in, and 4 beautiful bonus children. She is most proud of her 15 amazing and wonderful glam-grandchildren. She spends time every summer building memories with them through various adventures traveling to a new state for vacation every year. Her goal is to lay a solid foundation upon which they would be grounded and could stand regardless of the storms they may face in life.
In her free time, she loves to read, watch movies on Netflix and enjoy the outdoors. She also enjoys traveling, experiencing new things and becoming acquainted with other cultures.