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Gayle Lanier of Duke Energy joins United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

Contact: Irene Godínez,, 919-627-7511


Morrisville, NC – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced Gayle Lanier, Senior Vice-President of Customer Services at Duke Energy, has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors.

Lanier has been involved with United Way for several years serving, as a company executive sponsor and an internal champion with Nortel and now at Duke Energy.

In her professional capacity, Lanier is responsible for customer contact operations, revenue billing and receivables, metering services, customer support operations and customer satisfaction. Lanier’s skills and talents make her an asset as we work towards a more engaged community, creating pathways to change generations in the Triangle.

Lanier is a committed education advocate who has established the Dwain K. and Gayle S. Lanier NCSU Scholarship Endowment to benefit engineering students. This generous spirit will go far when coupled with her new role as a UWGT board member. “I want to be part of the change we ignite locally by leveraging our partnerships, significantly reducing hunger, poverty and the educational disparity within our communities,” said Lanier. “We all can make a difference and I want to make that difference close to home.”

In addition to her board involvement with United Way, Lanier’s community involvement includes board service for Discovery Place, a nonprofit education organization; she was also a member and secretary for the North Carolina State University board of trustees. Lanier received the NCSU Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 2008 and was one of the 2009 The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award recipients and the 2011 Business Leader Women Extraordinaire recipient.

“We are very pleased to have Gayle join our Board, especially at this time in our organization’s transformation,” remarked Kevin Trapani, Chair of UWGT’s Board of Directors. “Her commitment to this community is inspiring and we look forward to working together to make this a better region for all.”

Lanier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. She and her husband, Dwain, have a daughter and live in Raleigh.

United Way of the Greater Triangle is committed to being a catalyst for positive, lasting community change within the Triangle region—Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina. Its work with a network of nonprofits, businesses, government and community leaders builds resources, focuses investments, and fosters partnerships to address basic needs and improve early learning, health and well-being, educational equity, household stability, and economic security for low income families and children.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way is committed to supporting immediate basic needs and working toward long-term, sustainable solutions to some of the area’s most pressing issues in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A new focus on low income families and children uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. UWGT actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement.

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