Robert Shearman United Way Board Chair

United Way Elects New Officers And Board Members

New officers and four new board members were elected at the recent United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Annual Meeting. Officers and Executive Committee Members for 2020-2021 are the following:

Board Chair: Robert Shearman, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes, & Holt, PA

Vice Chair:  Roger Desjarlais, Lee Board of County Commissioners

Treasurer: Cynthia Hawkins, Wiltshire Whitley Richardson & English PA

Assistant Treasurer: Craig Folk, Miller, Helms & Folk PA

Secretary: Mary Vlasak Snell, Pavese Law Firm

Immediate Past Chair: Beth Hendry, IBERIABANK


Joining the United Way Board of Directors are the following:

Noelle Branning, Lee County Tax Collector

Jerry Elliott, McGriff Insurance Services

Cora Molloy, Morgan & Morgan

Andrea McNiff Kershaw, Enterprise Holdings


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 such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. 

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed over $188 million since it was established in 1957.  For more information please call United Way at (239) 433-2000 or visit