Fort Myers Florida Weekly

Jeannine Joy named CEO, president of area United Way



Jeannine Joy has been named president and CEO of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties.

Ms. Joy, who has been with the organization for 24 years, replaces Cliff Smith, who is retiring after 26 years as president.

“ Our board believes that we have a strong organization and culture,” said Beth Hendry, board chair. “Jeannine Joy demonstrated to us during the selection process that she has a firm grasp of our collaborative philosophy, and she believes in our vision for improving our community.”

“Twenty-four years ago I fell in love with our United Way and the positive impact it makes on the residents of our community,” Ms. Joy said. “Our United Way is successful because of our culture, collaboration, generous donors, dedicated staff and committed volunteers. I am honored to be named president of our United Way and promise to enrich the legacy of my friend, mentor and predecessor, Cliff Smith.”

“Jeannine Joy is the ideal person to lead United Way into the future, and I am sure she will do so with vision, dedication and integrity,” said Mr. Smith. “She has been an integral part of our United Way for many years and demonstrates her commitment every day to the United Way mission of improving the lives of our friends and neighbors. She is respected and admired by our donors, volunteers and United Way staff.

“I have known Jeannine for 24 years and am thrilled that she is my successor. Under her leadership and in partnership with our extremely experienced, highly skilled, and passionately committed senior management team, I am confident that our United Way will continue to do a great job of serving our community.”

Ms. Joy earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University. She recently completed the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program.

All money raised in the United Way Campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network.

United Way partner agencies and initiatives like Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, ACT, LARC and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, and meeting critical needs including helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties has raised and distributed over $177 million since it was established in 1957.

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