Daytona Beach-based United Way Volusia Flagler Selects 15 to Lead New Community Impact Council

Photo for Headline Surfer® / Cabinet members pictured from L to R: Woody Douge, Maralee Walsh, Heidi Kochis, Mary Jo Allen, Chet Bell, Dan Davis, Myron Fottler, Dean Kurtz, Edward Dimayuga, Janet Hamer, Robin King, John Polizzi, Carrie Baird, and Michael Ugarte. Not pictured: Charity Palacios.
 
By Henry Frederick
Headline Surfer

United Way of Volusia/Flagler / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Fifteen community leaders have been selected by the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Executive Board to lead the new vision of Community Impact. 

These leaders will serve a two-year term on the Community Impact Cabinet that is responsible for strategically mapping United Way priority areas, reviewing requests for funding, and monitoring programs and results from those programs.

United Ways across the country are moving to a results-based accountability framework titled Community Impact.  This shift in focus allows United Ways to become more focused in their funding and to track measurable changes to local issues.  The Cabinet will be responsible for reviewing community trends and statistics, responses from community surveys, and drawing on their subject-area knowledge to determine priority areas for the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties.

“I am excited to have these talented, community-minded individuals represent the United Way as part of the Cabinet," said Dennis Burns, president and CEO of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. "They will be instrumental in guiding our United Way to best serve the community,”

“I am excited to have these talented, community-minded individuals represent the United Way as part of the Cabinet," said Dennis Burns, president and CEO of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. "They will be instrumental in guiding our United Way to best serve the community,”

The Cabinet completed their training on Wednesday and has begun the journey to research and propose priorities for our community.  These priorities will guide the United Way’s fund distribution process beginning in December 2016 with an open and competitive grant process.The Cabinet will be led by Chet Bell, former executive director of SMA Behavioral Healthcare.  Bell will facilitate meetings for the Cabinet, lead the charge toward Community Impact, and act as an advocate for the United Way. 

The Cabinet members were selected through an application process and include:

Woody Douge - State of Florida;
Maralee Walsh - retired;
Heidi Kochis - Volusia County Schools;
Mary Jo Allen - Halifax Health Hospice;
Chet Bell - Council Board Chair/Retired;
Dan Davis - City of Bunnell;
Myron Fottler - Professor Emeritus, Dean Kurtz-ISC & Daytona International Speedway;
Edward Dimayuga - Attorney/Law Office of Richard Culbertson;
Janet Hamer - TD Bank;
Robin King - CareerSource Volusia Flagler;
John Polizzi - Retired Technology Leader;
Carrie Baird - Baird Solutions Consulting Firm;
Michael Ugarte - Halifax Humane Society;
Charity Palacios – Teacher at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.