Hometown Heroes: Danita Sharp

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They overcome the odds. They sacrifice for the greater good. They trade in problems for possibilities. You may know them as neighbors, coaches, colleagues, or friends. At Studio B, we honor them as Hometown Heroes, ordinary citizens whose everyday efforts strengthen the communities of Southeastern Ohio. Each has a unique story and together they inspire us to make a difference.

The concept of Hometown Heroes grew from a desire to recognize the many people who positively impact our region. Communities face challenges too difficult to ignore. Studio B celebrates individuals who model courage and compassion in the face of adversity. What do they value? Where do they find inspiration? How do they imagine a better future? Tune in as Hometown Heroes tell their stories.

On this edition of Hometown Heroes at Conversations from Studio B, Emily Auwaerter, a student in the BFA Theater Performance Studio, and Lynn Harter, the Steven and Barbara Schoonover professor of Health Communication, talk with Danita Sharp, Vice President of Loan Services at The Ohio University Credit Union (OUCU).

Sharp has worked with the OUCU for almost 15 years. In the summer of 2012, Sharp completed the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) program at The Wisconsin Graduate School of Business. Upon completion of the program, she was promoted to Vice President of Loan Services. Sharp also serves on the Business Advisory Council for PersonnelPlus, a division of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities. PersonnelPlus assists individuals with disabilities in identifying their skills and matching them with employment needs.

During her conversation with Auwaerter and Harter, Sharp reflects on the path that led her to pursue a career in the finance industry as well as her involvement with Ohio University Credit Union, PersonnelPlus, and other community-based organizations.