These are the people who make it happen day-in and day-out. The efforts and dedication of our staff is one of the reasons we’re a unifying, driving force for lasting change.
President & CEO
Blake has worked for United Way for over 16 years starting in Honolulu, HI (his hometown) with stops in Cincinnati, OH and Spokane, WA. Starting in September 2017, Blake took over the Chief Executive Officer position as the leader for our organization across the three county region. He is a graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, OR and while there managed student volunteer projects including a project right here in Albany. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and girlfriend as well as pursuing his passion as a very-amateur race car driver. He is a member of Greater Albany Rotary and of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.
Contact me for help with: Creating partnerships & strategic initiatives across Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties, and corporate engagement opportunities
Director of Operations
Chantell has been involved with the United Way Board or served on various committees since 2012. She joined as a staff member in 2016 as the Fundraising Director, and was promoted to Director of Operations in 2017. Her primary role is responsible for the oversight of United Way day to day operations and finance functions to ensure accuracy of financial reporting and the integrity of the accounts systems. In her spare time, you can find Chantell reading and spending time with friends and family.
Contact me for help with: Finance & accounting related needs, agency applications, pledge-processing questions, and vendor relations.
Michael has been involved with United Way in various professional and volunteer capacities since 2014 and joined our team in early 2019. Michael is responsible for managing ongoing relationships with current and prospective donors, annual workplace campaigns, fundraising, and recruiting campaign volunteers. Michael is a graduate of Montana State University and has previously worked in youth programs in Montana and Washington. When he is not on the campaign trail, Michael can be found with his family exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Contact me for help with: Workplace campaigns, speaking engagements, sponsorship opportunities, and fundraising events.
Director of Community
Relations & Engagement
Leah has been with United Way since 2015, first serving Spokane County United Way in numerous roles until relocating to United Way of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties in 2017. Leah is responsible for media relations, marketing & communications, affinity group management, and general community relations. She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University (Go Eags!) and previously worked in television advertising. In her spare time you can find Leah enjoying the outdoors with her family, volunteering in the community, or serving her college fraternity, Alpha Omicron Pi.
Contact me for help with: General media and social media inquiries, affinity opportunities, marketing initiatives, and any general public relations needs or concerns.