KidsPeace, Inc., the 128-year-old national nonprofit dedicated to helping children, families and communities, has named Sharon McCarthy of Bethlehem, PA, as Director of Development and Public Relations. Located at the KidsPeace headquarters building in Schnecksville, PA, McCarthy will be directing public relations and awareness efforts for KidsPeace and its centers and offices across the United States.

"We welcome Sharon and know she will be an asset to our KidsPeace team of associates," said KidsPeace Executive Vice President Michael Slack when announcing the appointment. "Her knowledge of the Lehigh Valley and her strong expertise in fundraising and national media relations will help us further advance the KidsPeace mission."

In her new role, McCarthy will direct all fundraising activities for the organization and manage all local and national media and public relations. Originally from Pittsburgh, McCarthy has more than 25 years of experience in communications and fundraising, directing efforts for non profits ArtsQuest, WDIY 88.1 FM and Via of the Lehigh Valley. She also managed corporate communications for the former First Union Bank and community relations for Rodale, Inc. Her contact number is 610-799-7797.