Board of Directors
United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This group of community leaders oversees and monitors all decisions and performance aspects of the organization. Through a collaborative approach, these volunteers work on various committees to ensure United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to fulfill its mission.
2022-2023 Board of Directors
Chair: Douglas Pawson, Executive Director, End Homelessness, St. John’s NL
Past Chair: Ryan Belbin, Lawyer, O’Dea Earle, St. John’s NL
Treasurer: Erin Manning, Financial Management Analyst, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Director – Avalon Region: Peggy Miller, Manager, Marketing & Analysis, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Director – Labour Appointee: Lisa Williams, Financial Officer, Service NL
Director – Labrador Region: Geoff Goodyear, Helicopter pilot (Ret), Universal Helicopters
Director – Labrador Region: Shaun MacLean, Policy Analyst, Government of NL
Director – Human Resource Advisor: Shauna Quinlan, HR Advisor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Director – Western Region: Cathy Wheeler-Walsh, Clinical Social Worker, Western Health
Director – Avalon Region: Mark Brown, RCMP (Ret)
Director – Avalon Region: LeighAnne O’Neill, Manager, Administrative Services, Stewart McKelvey
Fifteen years ago Mark Brown started in earnest his work to establish United Way in our province. It took him a few years, but he did it. In 2005, United Way of Avalon launched. In 2009, we became United Way of Newfoundland & Labrador. Mark was Founding Chair, and is now a member of our Past Chairs Council, a group that works to ensure we remember our past as we forge our future. To recognize his efforts and the longevity of his involvement with United Way, we have established The Mark Brown Community Builder Award. This award serves to recognize an individual who works to build stronger and more resilient communities through their volunteer engagement with United Way and the community in general.
Founding Chair Mark Brown (2005-2007)