United Way Director Departing

AUBURN — Executive Director Amanda Davis of the United Way of DeKalb County has resigned her post to take a position with Indiana United Way’s Non-profit Resource Network as the north field director.

The new position will allow Davis to consult with local United Ways, mainly in northern Indiana and across the state, as necessary. She will provide various trainings, facilitate strategic plans, and coach/onboard new executive directors.

Davis was hired by the local board of directors at its July 21, 2015, meeting. She had served as the United Way of DeKalb County’s resource coordinator three months prior to her promotion as executive director.

“Under Amanda’s leadership, a lot has been accomplished over the last two years,” said board President Ian Mercer. “We have re-emphasized and expanded our early learning initiatives and are excited to be one of the few counties in the state that will receive state funding to expand the On-My-Way Pre-K program. We recently completed a new three-year strategic plan, updated our website to allow for electronic giving and will continue to focus on outcomes versus outputs in our grant and allocation disbursements.”

Davis said she will turn in her official resignation Tuesday to the governance committee, which will determine the process to fill her position. Her final day has not yet been announced, but her plans are to stay at least until the end of the year.

“I have enjoyed this position over the last 2½ years more than you know. I only have each of you and this amazing community to thank for that. I will be forever grateful for my time here and everything you have allowed me to accomplish,” Davis said in her letter to board members Tuesday.

“We are so sorry to see Amanda leaving the United Way DeKalb County, but are absolutely thrilled about her new position with the state association,” said Mercer. “Her work ethic, commitment and dedication to our mission and vision in our county has really made a difference in many peoples’ lives. She will now be able to expand that effort throughout the state! Lucky Indiana! We wish her all the success possible!”

A Fort Wayne native, Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in human services. Following college, she worked for Wellspring Interfaith Social Services and more recently for the Allen County Bowen Center before coming to the United Way.

She and her husband, Jason, are the parents of a daughter, Marley, age 5. They reside in Fort Wayne.

Submitted by: Sue Carpenter