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Hamilton native promoted to lead Butler County United Way: Meet Krystal Tipton

Krystal Tipton in February 2020 was hired as the new president and CEO of Butler County United Way.
Posted at 1:47 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 13:47:39-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — For the last eight years, Krystal A. Tipton has worked for the Butler County United Way, a career she has thoroughly enjoyed.

So when Butler County United Way president and CEO Mag Baker announced late last year she was retiring, Tipton figured that provided “a great opportunity to continue the great things” Baker had accomplished.

She was one of 80 applicants for Baker’s position was selected to serve as president and CEO, effective Feb. 26.

Tipton said she was honored to have earned the trust of the board and to have been selected to lead the United Way. She is taking over “a strong and seasoned staff who is passionate about our organization’s mission and vision,” she said.

She hopes to “build on the current momentum” and grow the impact of the Butler County United Way that serves Fairfield, Hamilton, Liberty Twp., New Miami, Oxford, Ross, and West Chester.

“Krystal has a clear vision for the direction of the organization,” said Pete Abner, chair of Butler County United Way Board of Trustees. “Combining this vision with her experience, knowledge of the community, and passion for this work made her the ideal choice to lead Butler County United Way.”

Until she takes over later this month, Tipton will continue serving as senior vice president of community engagement for Butler County United Way. She has been on staff since 2013 working with partner agencies to ensure that measurable results and methods for driving those results were in place, according to a press release.

Most recently, she was instrumental in helping to formulate the organization’s three-year strategic plan along with board members, community members, partner agency leaders, and donors.

Tipton, 40, graduated from Hamilton High School in 1999 and from Wright State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. A resident of Fairfield Twp., she and her husband Tim have three daughters, ages 7, 9, 12.

The girls are involved in numerous activities and while her family responsibilities keep her busy, Tipton said it’s also important she sets an example and is visible in the community.

Volunteerism is a focus area at the United Way and Tipton said that “I have to apply that in life as well.”

Throughout her career, Tipton has been involved in various boards and clubs including: Rotary Club of Hamilton, Butler County Head Start Policy Council, Greater Cincinnati Foundation Learning Links Grand Review Board, United Way Worldwide Impact for Change Committee, American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council, Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hamilton Class of 2014, and West Chester Liberty Chamber of Commerce Leadership 21 Class of 2016.

Two years ago, she received the YWCA Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award, what she called “a humbling experience.”