Meet Our Board Members

Lauren Califf

Moody Air Force Base


Eric Tillman

Lanier Municipal Supply Co.


Bart Davis

Coleman Talley


Jason Dove

Real Living Realty Advisors


Jonathan Miller

Miller Hardware


John Falduti



Brandon Dr. Kareese Gayle-Farias

Southern Pediatric Clinic


Wade Henry

Blanton & Griffin Insurance


Angela Hobby

Wiregrass Technical College


Kent Patrick

Bush Wealth Management


Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake

Valdosta State University


Greater Valdosta United Way

Member of the Board of Directors

Our Mission at the Great ValdostaUnited Way is to create positive change by bringing resources together to improve people's lives in our communities.

Length of  Term: Three years

Reports To: Entire Board of Directors

The board of directors is legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the organization. The primary pursuit of the BOD is to provide leadership, governance, and oversight through, but not limited to the following:

  • Defining how the GVUW will carry out its mission through long and short-term strategic planning
  • Approving an annual budget and providing fiscal oversight
  • Hiring and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
  • Appraising overall performance of the organization


  • Understand and promote the Greater Valdosta United way mission
  • Be familiar with the organization's programs, policies, and operation
  • Attend board meetings and appropriate committee meetings
  • Actively serve on at least one committee and offer to take on special assignments
  • Review agenda and contribution to the organization commensurate with ability
  • Participate in fund raising activities and special events
  • Keep current on partnering agencies' issues and program development
  • Strictly adhere to governing By Laws, conflict of interest policy, and confidentiality policy

Time Commitment:

  • Attend new board member orientation (approx. 3-4hours)
  • Attend and actively participate in at least 75% of board meetings (12 monthly board meetings. approximately 1 hour in length); unexcused absence from three consecutive Board meetings will be considered as a resignation
  • Actively participate in committee meetings and related work (approx. 1-3 hours per month as determined by committee)
  • Meet with potential donors to present case for support and answer questions (approx. 4 hours annually)

Financial and Resource Expectations:

  • Make an annual gift "commensurate or significant according to your circumstance" to the organization (in order to achieve 100% board giving)
  • Sell and Solicit sponsorships as necessary
  • Identify and cultivate potential donors

Chairman Address Letter