Citing a changing world that prompted her to reconsider her priorities, Marsha Riley has submitted her resignation as executive director of the United Way of Southeast Alaska to return to New Mexico where her children and grandchildren live.
Riley has been in the top position for the social service clearinghouse for more than two and one half years. She moved to Juneau in 2000 after serving as executive director of the United Way for Lee County, N.M.
Working in Southeast Alaska "has been a most rewarding and enjoyable experience," Riley said today. "I don't feel like I completed everything I would have liked to have done, but with the changing situation in the world, it made me look at things from a more personal way. We are living in changing word, with increasing demands on nonprofits and the social service side. I want to be able to feel I've done as well for my family situation (as my career)."
Riley said she plans to leave around mid-May.
"Marsha has served the UWSEAK with distinction ..." United Way Board President Rob Skinner said in a news release. "Marsha was outstanding in creating a professional relationship with the 31 member social service agencies serving Southeast Alaska. ... Marsha developed inroads into the social service needs, building relationships throughout Southeast Alaska, most recently ... in Ketchikan and Haines."
Skinner said the board was disappointed to lose Riley.
"Marsha was an extremely dedicated and hard-working professional, working excessive hours to meet the myriad of social service agency support demands present in the wake of the 9/11 disaster and the elimination of the social service programs previously delivered by CBJ," he said. "The board will miss Marsha's caring and nurturing spirit that pervaded her professional tenure."
The agency said it hopes to hire a replacement before Riley leaves for the Lower 48.