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Orange County United Way Names Sue Parks As Board Chair, Welcomes Four New Members

Orange County United Way Names Sue Parks As Board Chair, Welcomes Four New Members

Local Leaders Further Enhance United Way’s Commitment and Capacity to Meet the Needs of Orange County’s Residents

IRVINE, CA – Orange County United Way today announced four new additions to its Board of Directors as well as the election of Sue Parks as its new Board Chair.

New Board Members include:

  • Bill Mecklenburg, President, SES Insurance Brokerage Services, Inc., Santa Ana, CA
  • Scott Sampley, Vice President-Sales, Enterprise Holdings, Southern California, Orange, CA
  • Candice Stack Whitten, Managing Director, PIMCO, Newport Beach, CA
  • John Valenta, Managing Director, Deloitte Advisory, Costa Mesa, CA

These business and community leaders all share United Way’s vision to improve the lives of Orange County residents through its FACE 2024 communitywide action plan and are passionate about making a difference in their community.

“Our Board Members help steer United Way towards a stronger Orange County. The passion, expertise and resources offered by our talented Board of Directors are invaluable. Providing foresight, oversight and insight for our organization, board members are important advocates for our work in advancing education, financial stability, health and housing,” announced Max Gardner, Orange County United Way’s President and CEO.

Gardner continued: “With longtime United Way volunteer and Board Member Sue Parks leading the way, I have no doubt we’ll continue to make great strides. Sue’s enthusiasm and drive are huge assets for our organization and the incoming members will no doubt provide fresh perspective and open doors to new opportunities.”

The new Board Members were elected by the incumbent Board to serve three-year terms, with Parks serving a two-year term as Chair. Parks is also one of the founders of United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund.

“It is a pleasure to work with the great group of leaders on this Board and an honor to serve as Chair,” said Parks, Founder and CEO of iCount™ Wellness and co-author of “iCount: 10 Simple Steps to a Healthy Life.”

FACE 2024 is Orange County United Way’s 10-year communitywide action plan to ensure that more local residents have access to a quality education, sustainable income, good health and stable housing – the foundational building blocks of a good, quality life. To learn more about FACE 2024, its goals, Orange County United Way or its Board of Directors, please visit the Orange County United Way website.


Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Orange County United Way 949.263.6176, katheriner@unitedwayoc.org

Michael Suydam
21Strat 949.981.5008, mike@21strat.com

Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County and focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County children, families and individuals, we help them create pathways to self-sufficient lives. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our 10-year community-wide action plan, “FACE 2024″ (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), we collaborate with local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of local individuals and families. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.


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