Saello was selected from a very large pool of applicants that included resumes from people across the country. He currently serves as the organization’s Senior Vice President, a position he has held since July 2010.
Saello will replace Claudia Hellebush, who has been at United Way of Chester County for 23 years, serving as President and CEO for the past 15 years. Hellebush announced her retirement earlier this year.
Celeste Barr, United Way of Chester County Board Chair, said that “over a four-month period, the search committee did a very thorough and comprehensive job in identifying the right person as the next CEO. We were very fortunate to have a pool of extremely qualified candidates. In the end, our internal candidate, Chris Saello, was clearly the top choice over the other finalists in terms of his business acumen, knowledge of the community, and conviction to the important work of United Way.”
“Chris separated himself from the pack by a wide margin during the interview process,” said Pete Silvester, Vice President of PAC Strapping Products and Chair of the Personnel Committee. “Over the years, he has shown himself to be a real asset to the organization and is well positioned to assume the next level of leadership.”
Prior to joining the United Way team, Saello spent 20 years with YMCAs in Chester County, both at Upper Main Line YMCA as well as at the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley. He held many positions during that time, including Executive Director of Brandywine YMCA and Vice President of Financial Development for YMCA of the Brandywine Valley.
In his current role, Saello is responsible for directing all phases of fundraising, including workplace campaigns, direct mail solicitation, and management of special events, and introduced the classic Live United in Music event to Chester County, a sold-out event hosted annually at Penn Oaks Golf Club.
Saello holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Management-Business Administration Degree from Penn State. He is a lifelong resident of Chester County, currently residing in East Brandywine Township with his wife Therese and two children, Andrew and Lauren.