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Christy Lieuallen; Executive Director: The Heart Behind the Ask

Christy has been at the forefront of the United Way of Walla Walla County for three years now.  She is constantly looking forward at the big picture for the best way to create positive impact for our community. 

1.     Why did you choose to do non-profit work? 
Well I really didn’t choose nonprofit work.  I graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Exercise Sport Science.  When I moved back to Walla Walla, the YMCA was building a beautiful new weight room and I was looking for a job.  I kept knocking on their door until they hired me. The YMCA showed me how much  I love helping people and working with others to solve problems. When the Executive Directors position became available at United Way, I was so excited, because I really wanted to turn outward and learn more about our entire community. United Way has opened my eyes to vast and diverse work that takes place every day in the nonprofits in our valley, and how much need is in our community.  I would challenge every community member to learn more about the great work the nonprofits are doing in and around our community.  

2.     What is the most rewarding part of the work you get to do? 
The most rewarding part of working for United Way is working with people of like-minds, those who also want to improve our valley and help others. Those people include our donors, committee members, Board of Directors and co-workers who are passionate, talented and motivated people! .”

3.     Where do you see United Way of Walla Walla in 5 years? 
In the next five year I hope United Way is acknowledge as a strong leader in charitable impact throughout the Walla Walla Valley. That we will continue to serve as the vehicle of choice for directing donations to the most deserving causes. That inspire and facilitate employer aspirations for good citizenship and create opportunities for residents to be meaningfully involved in our community. My dream is that United Way will help bring our community together.