Lake Area United Way Announces Interim CEO and New Board Chair

Lake Area United Way Announces Interim CEO and New Board Chair

Lake Area United Way is proud to announce David Nicole as the new interim President & CEO of the organization. Nicole is a native of Fort Wayne, IN and has spent almost 20 years in the United Way Network. He has served as the President & CEO of United Way of Allen County, Vice President of Resource Development for Trident United Way in South Carolina, and was a board member for the United Way Association of South Carolina. Nicole is also the founder of Headwinds Consulting which helps nonprofits navigate change. He will serve as the interim President & CEO while the Lake Area United Way board decides the next steps for the organization.

David Nichole

“It’s an honor to work with Lake Area United Way during this time of change. I look forward to working with the team and helping them continue the great work they have been doing in the community,” said Nicole.

Nicole takes over from former President & CEO Lisa Daugherty, who was recently named the new President/CEO of The Center for Workforce Innovation. The Lake Area United Way Board of Directors has also undergone a transition in leadership. Michael Jasaitis, Attorney at Austgen Kuiper Jasaitis P.C. will take over as Board Chair from Chris White, Publisher of The Times Media Company. “I feel truly honored to be a part of a legacy of strong inspirational leaders at Lake Area United Way. I’m humbled to lead this dynamic board, and hope to enhance our robust momentum within the community,” says Jasaitis. “I would also like to thank Chris White who guided our organization to advance our commitment to ALICE families and to provide assistance to those in need during the pandemic.”

“It’s been an honor serving as Board Chair for the past two years as Lake Area United Way completed its transition to becoming an ALICE-focused collaborative agency,” said White. “I was fortunate to join the board just after Lisa Daugherty was named CEO and I’m proud to have been a part of the transition she led, taking the organization from the traditional ‘community chest’ style organization to becoming focused on helping struggling, hard-working families in Lake County. I can’t thank Lisa enough for the work that she did. The partnerships that Lisa forged with non-profits and government agencies will endure and will continue to pay dividends for years down the road,” says White.

“We wish Lisa Daugherty continued success with her newest endeavor and appreciate the six years of strategic leadership that she provided Lake Area United Way,” said Jasaitis. “We also welcome David Nicole who possesses the vision, diligence, and experience to continue to guide our organization through this transition of leadership in order to advance our vital commitment to those whom we serve.”

“We are very fortunate to have David working with our team as interim CEO. David understands our mission and the work left to be done, and we will continue to grow under his stewardship,” says White.

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