UWSEAK elects new board members

On Jan.31, United Way of Southeast Alaska held its annual meeting, acknowledged and recognized outgoing board members, and elected two new board members.


Leaving the board at the completion of their three year terms were Glenn Gelbrich and Chris Gerondale.

“We will miss both Glenn and Chris. Their perspectives on education and business in Southeast will be missed. We appreciate their service to United Way of Southeast Alaska,” said Chair Mary Becker.

Stepping down after providing almost six years of service to United Way are Kathryn Eldemar and Lance Stevens. Eldemar chaired the Community Impact Grant review committee for many years and Stevens held the position of chair for the 2010 calendar year and served as Past Chair for the past two years.

Also stepping down after more than seven years of service to United Way is Joan O’Keefe, Executive Director of Southeast Alaska Independent Living, serving in the role of small agency representative to the board since September 2007. Becker lauded O’Keefe for her tenure, dedicated service to the board and organization, and noted that she would be dearly missed.

Current board member Jaysen Katasse was re-elected to the board for a three year term. Katasse is an Assistance Vice President with First National Bank Alaska and manages the FNBA’s Juneau Branch.

Elected to the board were Gail Dabaluz and Bill Peters. Dabaluz is the Director of Business and Economic Development for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She manages the Tribe’s Business and Economic Development Department, including applying for, administering and implementing contracts and grants.

Bill Peters is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Executive Team Member of True North Federal Credit Union where he provides oversight for Business Lending, Mortgage Lending and Marketing Departments.

Becker welcomed newly elected and re-elected board members, noting that “our new board members bring with them new energy and talents that will serve United Way well.”

Karen Crane, Chair Elect, will assume the position of chair at the February board meeting. Crane is a 20-plus-year resident, retired from a career in state government, a long time community volunteer and current assemblywoman. The board will elect the full slate of officers for the coming board year at the February meeting.

One of the first items of business for the new board will be to review the current strategic plan and set direction for the organization for the coming year while maintaining the ongoing programs United Way of Southeast Alaska delivers.


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