Meet the LE Class of 2014

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Each year, an incredible group of people fill some very important roles in the community. We call them Loaned Executives (LE) and they are professional-level, temporary fundraisers. They are often the first face many think of when they think of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

LEs communicate our message to potential donors, both in small and large group settings. They also manage United Way workplace campaigns within Buncombe County, assisting and motivating Employee Campaign Coordinators in planning and completing their campaigns. Without them, we wouldn't be able to reach YOU. Without YOU, we wouldn't be able to make measurable improvements in the areas of education, income and health. It takes all of us to make our community a better place to love for all of its residents.

Let's take a moment to get to know the individuals who make up the LE Class of 2014.

Don Mandelkorn

Don is back for the fourth year and is leading the group as they navigate their new roles.

What's the best advice you've ever given?
"We can't control all that's happening around us, but we do control our response to it."

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
"I would love to have dinner with Hank Aaron, Hall of Famer and the greatest baseball player of all time."

Why do you LIVE UNITED?
"I LIVE UNITED because the staff at United Way inspires me everyday to do just that!"

Sponsor: Mills Manufacturing and Beverly-Hanks

Mary Chakales

Mary is back for her second year as an LE.

What is your favorite quote or motto?
"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." - Seneca
and
"...It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

What's the last movie you watched?
"The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Why do you LIVE UNITED?
"Being involved and thus connected to your community."

Sponsor: HomeTrust Bank and CarePartners

Lisa Dugdale

What is your favorite quote or motto?
"Let the beauty that you love be what you do." - Rumi

What's the last movie you watched?
"I recently watched How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is a fabulous movie about doing what you believe to be right, even if it goes against convention."

What is your biggest accomplishment?
"I would say that my biggest accomplishment is starting a small nonprofit in Michigan which is still running today."

Sponsor: Asheville Savings Bank and Allergy Partners of WNC

To meet the other three LEs, click here >

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