MANCHESTER — Granite United Way is the single largest United Way in New Hampshire and is rated a Platinum Level Participant from GuideStar and a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator, the highest possible ratings from these two non-profit watchdog organizations. It serves more than 80 percent of New Hampshire as well as Windsor County in Vermont.

“Our board of directors is committed to drive impact across our communities, and we are excited to welcome four new members into the fold,” said Heather Staples Lavoie, chair of Granite United Way’s board of directors. “We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteers leading the effort and look forward to working together to achieve our goals of $11 million in campaign revenue and delivering $20 million in total community impact by 2023.”

“Each of our board members bring a unique skill set and experience to our board,” said Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Larissa Baia, Joseph Bator, Doug DeLara, Pat Donahue and Dr. Chuck Lloyd to the Board. Each of them brings an expertise in their industry and an exciting perspective as a volunteer.”

Two of the new board members are Community College Presidents Dr. Larissa Baia and Dr. Chuck Lloyd.

Dr. Larissa Baia brings over 18 years of higher education experience to her work as president of Lakes Region Community College. She began working at the college in July of 2012 as vice president for student services and enrollment management. She previously served as associate vice president of enrollment management at Manchester Community College in Manchester and director of graduate and evening admissions at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

“Joining the Granite United Way Board was an easy decision because the missions of our organizations are aligned and the results of their work are evident throughout the community,” said Dr. Larissa Baia.

Dr. Chuck Lloyd is the president of the White Mountains Community College. Lloyd’s career has been in community college education in New Hampshire, with roles in both academic instruction and student affairs along with extensive community service.

He began his career at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, in 2002, serving in successive positions as director of student life and associate vice president of enrollment and student affairs, alongside teaching business and leadership courses at NHTI and Granite State College and coaching men’s basketball.

“I could not be more honored to be added to such a prominent position serving with the Granite United Way. The combination of service, change, and critical work that is accomplished through this organization in the State and region aligns perfectly with my values. I am excited to contribute where possible and increase connections in the North Country in the name of collaborative opportunities,” Lloyd said.

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