3 finalists for United Way of Douglas County CEO position to meet the public next week

The public will get a chance next week to meet the three finalists to become the chief executive officer of the United Way of Douglas County.

Peggy Johnson, co-chair of the CEO search committee, said the three finalists would give presentations and take questions from members of the public, in addition to meeting with United Way staff and participating in closed-door interviews with the United Way executive committee.

Johnson said the committee hoped to make a hiring recommendation to the full United Way board late next week or the following week.

“We think we have some good candidates,” Johnson said.

The candidates and the days they are making public presentations:

• Andy Martin, 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium. Martin is from Topeka and has worked as an executive for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kansas. Martin also has held roles with other United Way organizations in both Kansas and Texas.

• Jeffrey Cornish, 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium. Cornish served for about five years as executive director of the International Rescue Committee, which provides services to people who have had their lives disrupted by war, conflict and natural disasters. More recently, Cornish served for several months as the executive director of the Shanta Foundation in Durango, Colo., which works to develop healthy communities in Myanmar.

• Meg Pearson, 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium. Pearson currently is the director of the United Way of Franklin County in Ottawa. Pearson also has held executive roles with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program both in Franklin and Douglas counties.

The United Way of Douglas County is seeking a new CEO after Jannette Taylor resigned from that position at the end of the year, after having served as the CEO for a little more than a year.


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