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United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces New Board Members and Staff

United Way of the Greater Triangle is pleased to announce five new members of our team, two board and three staff members.

At the October 24, 2017 Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Jes Averhart and Michael Botzis as their two newest members. In addition to the new board members, three new leadership level staff members also joined the team; Caren Howley, Emily Page, and Olivia Morris.

“At United Way of the Greater Triangle, we are all leaders in the service of our community’s children and families and I’m extremely excited to continue building our team. This is a diverse and stunningly talented group of people committed to serving our community and to driving toward our shared mission of ensuring that everyone in the Triangle, regardless of circumstance, has the opportunity to lead a life of purpose and possibility,” stated Eric Guckian, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Board of Directors

Jes Averhart

Jes Averhart

Jes is the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle, a non-profit established to educate and develop leaders that elevate the regional thought-leadership and activate change. Before joining Leadership Triangle, she served as Director of Corporate Partnerships for Capitol Broadcasting. 

Michael Botzis

Michael Botzis, CPA

Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and is an assurance partner with RSM US LLP, and leads the Carolinas Not-For-Profit practice. He has extensive experience serving not-for-profit organizations as well as having experience with compliance audits in accordance with provisions of the OMB uniform guidance.


Staff Members

Caren Howley, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Caren joins the United Way of the Greater Triangle team as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Her work will focus on new business strategies for individuals, major gifts, and new accounts. Caren served as the Executive Director of The Endowment for Inner-City Education, based in NYC, which provided parochial school tuition scholarships for K-12 students in underserved communities. After relocating to the Triangle in 2010, Caren was the Associate Director, Alumni Engagement and Employer Strategy for UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School; she also served as a consultant to advance the missions, accountability and financial reserves of organizations serving children and families in our area. Caren has her undergraduate degree from Amherst College and an MBA and MA from Stanford University.

Emily Page, Senior Director of Talent Development

Emily joins the United Way of the Greater Triangle team as the Senior Director of Talent Development. Her work will focus on the vision, strategy, development, and execution of the organization’s talent management framework and processes. Emily has a diverse background including running her own organizational and leadership development consulting company, leading a $27M retail operation and positions with several Fortune 500 corporations in various organizational development and HR strategy roles. A Durham native, Emily has served as a board member and volunteer at many local non-profits. Emily has her undergraduate degree from Howard University and holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Olivia Morris, Chief Financial Officer

Olivia brings to her role of Chief Financial Officer more than 15 years of accounting and finance experience, including public accounting, industry, and non-profit roles. Immediately prior to joining United Way, she was the Controller for an asset management firm managing $1 billion in farmland assets. Her non-profit experience includes six years with Special Olympics North Carolina, where she led finance and development functions for the statewide organization. Olivia is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She received her Masters of Accounting from Wake Forest University. Olivia resides in Cary, North Carolina.



About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A focus on children and their families in low-income households uses a collaborative, two-generational approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more at  

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560

Media Contact:
Stacy Shelp, VP of Marketing & Communications
Office:  919-463-5013

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