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Lance Stevens Leads United Way of Southeast Alaska


Lance Stevens, Southeast Regional Vice President for Alaska USA, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of United Way of Southeast Alaska for 2011.  Stevens has been a board member since 2008 and previously served as the 2009 Campaign Chair.  He also serves on the Juneau Chamber of Commerce board. The 21-member board is the governing body for the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Other elected officers were:  Mary Becker as Chair Elect.  Becker is currently an Assembly member of the City and Borough of Juneau, a retired educator and former School Board President. 

Mark Bryan was elected Secretary.  Bryan is the Publisher of the Juneau Empire, sits on the Juneau Jazz and Classics Board of Directors and is a member of the Juneau Rotary Club.

Sheri Croll was elected Treasurer.  Croll, Controller at Bartlett Regional Hospital, has served as in this role for three years and recently served on the Juneau School District's Graduation Requirements Task Force.

Five new board members were elected to serve three year terms.  Chris Gerondale, Southeast Regional Manager of Construction Machinery Incorporated; Mark Mesdag, CPA with Elgee, Rehfeld & Mertz and a former graduate of the Leadership Juneau program; Garland Walker, Attorney at Law at NOAA; Glenn Gelbrich, Superintendant of Schools for the Juneau School District who has served on two other United Way boards in his lifetime, and Adam Wilkinson an IT specialist with Wilkinson Consulting who also served on United Way's Technology Committee for three years.

Joan O'Keefe, Michelle Prebula and Michelle Calvin-Casey both leave the board with the expiration of their terms.  Both Prebula and Calvin-Casey are past chairs of the board and served on several committees. O'Keefe served as the small agency representative on the board.  "We will miss their service," said Stevens, "but know that our new board members also bring with them new energy and talents that will serve the organization well."

One of the first items of business for the new board will be to hire a new executive director while maintaining the ongoing programs United Way delivers.  In addition to its annual workplace campaign, United Way grants funds to partner agencies to provide additional services to the communities of Southeast.  The strongest focus of the Community Impact Funds has been on literacy and early learning but funds have also been distributed to aid in increasing independent living skills; parenting classes; and supporting AmeriCorps volunteers.

Leadership Juneau is in its fourth year and United Way has recently launched the JuneauYouth.org website to help parents and children ages zero to 18 find activities to do outside of school time.  "United Way serves your community in so many different ways," said Stevens, "If I start listing them here, I know I will miss something."  Please visit our website for more information at www.unitedwayseak.org."

United Way of Southeast Alaska is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization that creates lasting change by bringing people and resources together to address community-wide issues and advance the common good. Its mission is to be a catalyst to improve communities in Southeast Alaska by focusing on the building blocks of a good life:  Education, Income and Health:  A quality education that leads to a good job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health.  UWSEAK is a member of the United Way Worldwide system that includes nearly 1,400 community-based United Way organizations.  Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. 

www.unitedwayseak.org, staff@unitedwayseak.org, (907) 463-5530, 3225 Hospital Drive #201, Juneau, AK  99801

For more information contact: 

United Way of Southeast Alaska



(907) 463-5530

(907) 463-4649 (f)

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