The United Way of Allen County has named new board members. They include an IPFW associate professor and an executive with Wells Fargo Bank.

July 7, 2014

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. — United Way of Allen County has announced six new members for the organization's 2014-2015 Board of Directors: Herb Anderson, BF Goodrich Tire MFG.; Mickey Benton, retired member of UAW Local 2209; Susan Berghoff, Dulin, Ward and DeWald; Brian Heflin, Wells Fargo Bank; Max Montesino, IPFW and Amy Richardson, UAW Local 2209. Each new board member has agreed to a three year term, with the option to continue serving after their first term is completed. The four new members bring the board of directors to a total of 29 local volunteers plus two agency representatives and an intern from leadership Fort Wayne.

Along with these six new board members, three current members are changing roles to coincide with the start of the fiscal year on July 1. Steve Smith will become the new board chair, Judge Wendy Davis will become the immediate past chair and Ruth Stone will become the vice chair. Janet Chrzan, Vision Management Consulting; will continue as treasurer and Scott Senger, Indiana Michigan Power; will continue as secretary to the Board.

One agency representative will be leaving the board, Debby Beckman, YWCA; with her replacement being Albert Brownlee, Genesis Outreach, Inc. The new intern from Leadership Fort Wayne will be Connie Kerrigan, Parkview Health; who is replacing Nora Bass, Parkview Health. Three board members have completed their terms. Greg Johnson, Fort Wayne Newspapers; Ron Turpin, Lincoln Financial and Irene Walters, IPFW; all served three consecutive terms for a total of nine years of service a piece.

“Having been a volunteer with United Way of Allen County since 1984, I am honored to take on the role of Board Chair,” said Steve Smith. “With the search for a new CEO also happening at this time, we anticipate this to be a year of change and excitement.”

About United Way

Established in 1922, United Way of Allen County is a not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen the community through the four building blocks for a good quality of life: education, income, health and basic needs. United Way believes that quality education helps families achieve stable jobs, a safe place to live and good health. For more information, please visit

Source: United Way of Allen County

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