JUNEAU - Michelle Prebula was elected chair of the United Way of Southeast Alaska. Prebula, cash manager for the Alaska Department of Revenue, has served on the board since 2007. She volunteered each year to serve on the Financial Accountability Review Team and lead the Technology Committee that brought in a $18,500 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation for equipment upgrades for the regional nonprofit.
"This is going to be a great year," Prebula said. "We have a great board that is motivated to making a difference in the lives of people in Southeast Alaska and there are some huge issues that we as a community need to tackle. We should have our Compass III Indicator Project for Juneau completed in the next few weeks, we are mobilizing around third grade literacy and looking to address region-wide health and social service issues."
Prebula leads a 17-member board that works with nearly 30 partner agencies throughout Southeast Alaska. Lance Stevens was chosen chair elect for the upcoming year. Stevens served as the 2009 Campaign chair bringing in an increase in the individual donations even in tough economic times. Stevens is the regional vice president of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.
Mary Becker was elected secretary, and Sheri Croll was re-elected to serve another term as treasurer.
Two new members were elected to the board: Heather Swanson, who is an information services consultant at the University of Alaska Southeast, and Mark Bryan, publisher of the Juneau Empire.
Chuck Collins, business manager of Key Bank, was chosen to lead the 2010 Campaign that will begin in September. The 2009 Campaign is ongoing but pledges to date have reached $364,398.15. This year saw an increase in individual giving in Southeast Alaska but a decrease in foundation grants used for operations.
Other board members are: Larry Harris, past chair; Michelle Calvin-Casey; Sheryl Weinberg; Katherine Eldemar; Joan O'Keefe; Andrea Doll; Steven Samuelson; Tom Henderson; Scott Jones; Ben Coronell and Corey Pavitt.