New members bring a wide array of expertise and experience to the local United Way Board of Directors
Phoenix, AZ, July 17, 2020 – Valley of the Sun United Way announced the election of 13 new members to its Board of Directors, effective at the beginning of its fiscal year, which began July 1, 2020. Additionally, Jenny Holsman Tetreault was elected to serve a second one-year term as Chair of the 40-member board, and John Graham was elected Vice Chair for the next 12 months, then he will succeed Holsman Tetreault as Chair.
Valley of the Sun United Way has served Maricopa County for 95 years, with a focus on health and human services and education. In January, United Way launched its 2020 priorities to open itself up to the community, to seek insights on the greatest issues facing the Valley, to obtain community input on United Way’s role in solving those issues and to strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. When COVID-19 struck the Valley in March, United Way launched the United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund, which raised $2.9 million and continues to support local non-profits and schools that serve those impacted by the pandemic.
“United Way provides a unifying force for our community as we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19 and build an inclusive, safe, healthy place for every person to work, live and raise a family. Our new board members bring a breadth of experience and expertise that will be vital to guiding United Way and our community forward,” said Holsman Tetreault, Assistant General Counsel, Field Operations, West and Northwest, US Foods.
In addition to serving as Board Chair, Holsman Tetreault serves on the United Way Worldwide Women United Global Leadership Council, the local United Way Board Executive Committee, the Major Gifts Committee and is a Vello virtual volunteer tutor. Previously, she served as Co-Chair of the local Women United group, Co-Chair of the We Are United luncheon, as a member of the Generation United Steering Committee and the United Way Campaign Cabinet. She and her husband Colin are members of the United Way Tocqueville Society.
Graham, who is Chairman and CEO of Sunbelt Holdings, is a member of the United Way Board Executive Committee and the Major Gifts Committee. In recent years, he also served on the Principal Gifts and Campaign Cabinets. He and his wife Kathleen are long-time members and past chairs of the Tocqueville Society, members of United Way’s highest-level of philanthropy, Foundation Circle, and the Legacy Society.
“Strong organizations need a strong board, and I’m confident this group will support and guide United Way as it moves at the fast pace our world is currently moving. Our community faces both challenges and opportunities, so I’m excited about United Way’s mission, leadership and contemporary approach to pull the community together to take on what’s ahead,” said Graham.
Rounding out the United Way board officers are: Robyn Arnell Brenden, Sr. Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for CWT, who serves as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, and Brad Smith, Partner at Deloitte, who serves as Board Secretary and member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
The Valley of the Sun United Way new Board members are:
Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation; Director, Social Responsibility and Community Development, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.; member of United Way’s Women United.
Lee Ann Bohn, Assistant County Manager, Maricopa County; member of the United Way Leadership Giving Society.
Lisa D. Cagnolatti, Retired Vice President, Customer Service Operations, Southern California Edison (SCE); Executive in Residence, Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business.
Latasha Causey, Head of Recruiting, U-Haul International, Inc. She is a member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, serves as Co-Chair of United Way’s 722-member Women United group, and Co-Chair of the We Are United luncheon.
Kevin Cooper, President/General Manager, Enterprise Holdings; member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society.
Matt Feeney, Chair, Snell & Wilmer law firm; member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society.
Elissa Kelly, Associate Vice President of Product, Nationwide E & S/Specialty; member of United Way’s Women United.
Drena Kusari, Regional General Manager, Lyft; Leads United Way/Lyft partnership providing ride credits to nonrofits helping families impacted by COVID-19.
Dave Long, Principal, Edward Jones; Long currently serves on the United Way Finance and Audit Committee. He is a member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society and, while living in St. Louis, Long served as a member of several grant allocation panels for United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Robin S. Reed, President & CEO, Black Chamber of Arizona; Principal and Partner, EmFluent, LLC; President, Occam Sustainability Partners.
Lisa Riley, Region Bank President, Arizona Central Community Banking, Wells Fargo; member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society.
Monica Villalobos, President and CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Operator of the Phoenix MBDA; Founding Principal of ResearchByDesign.
Daniel G. Wani, Market Leader, Arizona and Nevada, US Bank Private Wealth Management
“United Way belongs to our community and I’m thrilled to work with the community leaders on our Board and across the Valley to nimbly address the urgent and changing needs created by COVID-19, while also working toward lasting, systemic change that removes barriers and forges a healthy, safe and equal path forward for every person here,” said Carla Vargas Jasa, Valley of the Sun United Way, President and CEO. “This is what United Way was built for 95 years ago when we first established in the Valley, it’s what we’ve done for decades and it’s important now more than ever.”
About Valley of the Sun United Way
United Way is celebrating 95 years of meeting the most pressing needs of Maricopa County. Valley of the Sun United Way unifies diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way and its 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers come together to ensure children and youth succeed, end hunger and homelessness, and increase the financial stability of families. Visit vsuw.org.