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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.

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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 unitedwaytriangle.org  

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Amy Baker, EY Executive, joins United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Board of Directors

Morrisville, NC – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced Amy Baker, Assurance Partner and Office Managing Partner at EY, Raleigh has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors.

Amy-Baker-release-(2)Baker served on the 2014 UWGT Campaign Committee and has been an active advocate for United Way within EY, this year organizing a day of service for over 130 employees that included a Poverty Simulation exercise and packing event that yielded 16,000 meals for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

During the event, Baker expressed a desire for participants to gain insight into the issues facing our community. “To have people get a sense of what it’s like to live in poverty; to understand their stresses around things we take for granted—the security of a home, reliable transportation, quality childcare—I believe leads to more compassionate responses. And the chance to give back through the meal packing, made it a powerful and gratifying day for all. I intend to bring this passion for the issues and my depth of experience in the corporate sector to my Board service to help United Way move its work forward,” commented Baker.

Baker has over twenty-one years of experience with Ernst & Young LLP (EY), serving both privately held and publicly owned companies, with significant expertise in international companies. She has served in leadership roles with the organization, including Carolinas Strategic Growth Markets Leader, Resource Production Leader for Raleigh/Greensboro, and Executive Sponsor, Professional Women’s Network. She also served on its Southeast Area Diversity Steering Committee. Her degrees—M.S. in Accounting and B.S. in Business Administration—are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baker is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to her work with United Way, Baker’s community involvement includes service to Kids Voting, Women’s Institute, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce as well as mentoring to high school girls.

“We are incredibly pleased to have Amy join us as we embark on this important new chapter for United Way,” observed JR Shearin, Chair of UWGT’s Board of Directors. “Her business acumen and her demonstrated desire to raise awareness of the issues facing our communities, gives the Board an important advocate for our work.”

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.

Learn more about UWGT’s work at unitedwaytriangle.org or volunteer opportunities at https://www.unitedwaytriangle.org/volunteer.

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687

BCBSNC’s O’Connor Named to United Way of the Greater Triangle Board of Directors

UWGT-Announcement--Oconnor-to-Board-4-15-14-FinalMORRISVILLE, NC (May 12, 2014) – The board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle elected Maureen O’Connor as its newest member. O’Connor is the executive vice president and chief strategy and innovation officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She leads the development and implementation of the company’s enterprise strategy, and is responsible for the healthcare and clinical division, network relationships and health system innovation, data analytics and insights, and new business development.

“Maureen is an important addition to the board,” said JR Shearin, board chair. “Her experience in healthcare, strategy and innovation will be great assets as we continue to develop United Way’s focus on community–wide solutions to our area’s most pressing needs.”

In addition to this appointment, O’Connor chairs the Board of Trustees of Meredith College. She also serves on the boards of Elon University Law School, Urgent Cares of America Holdings and the Washington-based Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. She was named by Triangle Business Journal as one of 12 “People to Watch in 2014.”

“I am delighted to join United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Board of Directors,” said O’Connor. “I believe in the new direction of the organization and am committed to developing solutions that meet the needs of the whole community. Together, we can improve the lives of individuals in the Triangle.”

O’Connor earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from College of the Holy Cross. She is married and has three adult children.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues in financial stability, health and education.

Learn more about UWGT’s work at www.unitedwaytriangle.org or find out about volunteer opportunities at www.unitedwaytriangle.org/vol.

BCBSNC's O'Connor Named to United Way of the Greater Triangle Board of Directors

UWGT-Announcement--Oconnor-to-Board-4-15-14-FinalMORRISVILLE, NC (May 12, 2014) – The board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle elected Maureen O’Connor as its newest member. O’Connor is the executive vice president and chief strategy and innovation officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She leads the development and implementation of the company’s enterprise strategy, and is responsible for the healthcare and clinical division, network relationships and health system innovation, data analytics and insights, and new business development.

“Maureen is an important addition to the board,” said JR Shearin, board chair. “Her experience in healthcare, strategy and innovation will be great assets as we continue to develop United Way’s focus on community–wide solutions to our area’s most pressing needs.”

In addition to this appointment, O’Connor chairs the Board of Trustees of Meredith College. She also serves on the boards of Elon University Law School, Urgent Cares of America Holdings and the Washington-based Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. She was named by Triangle Business Journal as one of 12 “People to Watch in 2014.”

“I am delighted to join United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Board of Directors,” said O’Connor. “I believe in the new direction of the organization and am committed to developing solutions that meet the needs of the whole community. Together, we can improve the lives of individuals in the Triangle.”

O’Connor earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from College of the Holy Cross. She is married and has three adult children.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues in financial stability, health and education.

Learn more about UWGT’s work at www.unitedwaytriangle.org or find out about volunteer opportunities at www.unitedwaytriangle.org/vol.