The Board of Directors of United Way of Coastal Georgia is pleased to announce that Dana Haza has been selected as the new President & CEO of United Way of Coastal Georgia. Dana shall join UWCGA on January 16th and will work alongside the current President & CEO, Missy Neu, until Missy’s departure on February 15th.
Beth Lemke, 2012 Chair of the UWCGA Board of Directors shared, “As an organization, we knew that it was important that we identified and recruited a dynamic leader to fill the void that Missy’s departure creates. Dana’s professional experience as well has her leadership skills and proven ability to build relationships will enable United Way to continue and expand our important work and vision in Glynn & McIntosh Counties.”
Dana Haza currently serves as the Senior Regional Manager for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits working in the counties of Glynn, Camden, Brantley and Charlton. Dana Haza takes the helm with more than two decades of effective executive experience. She has demonstrated an outstanding ability to provide creative strategic leadership, directing implementation, and extensive broad coalition building experience across both the public and private sectors. Her experience includes the development of three major national programs from concept to fruition. She has had several impactful roles which include an appointment by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to serve as the national Director of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a Presidential Appointment by President George W. Bush as Director of the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, and a number of other leadership roles. Dana also co-authored a seminal work on health related issues. She has worked closely with leaders on a national level as well as with many of the most critical and impactful non-profit organizations on a local level. Dana has a passion for designing and managing large-scale change to enhance the overall quality of people’s lives and the communities in which they live. Dana lives on St. Simons Island with her husband Maestro Luis Haza and their cat Sunshine.
In October last year, Missy Neu announced her decision to step down as President & CEO of United Way of Coastal Georgia effective February 15, 2013, and the leadership of UWCGA immediately began the important task of identifying the next President & CEO for the organization. The Executive Committee formed a Search Committee made up of nine individuals representative of key stakeholders including five UWCGA Board Members, human resource specialists, donors, corporate leadership and representatives from the non-profit and public service sectors. A national search was conducted, which resulted in over 100 applicants. The Search Committee spent two months reviewing the qualifications of the applicants and conducting interviews, and is confident the ideal leader for United Way of Coastal Georgia has been selected with Dana Haza. Search Committee Chair and UWCGA Board Member, Donna Gowen Poe shared, “On behalf of UWCGA’s Board of Directors, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Search Committee members for their time, effort and leadership. They were extremely engaged, thoughtful and dedicated, and brought an immense amount of experience and expertise to the search process complimented by a deep understanding of the needs of our communities, United Way and our partners. The Board of Directors is extremely pleased that Dana Haza has accepted the position as our next President & CEO.”
United Way of Coastal Georgia and the Georgia Center for Non-Profits are working together to ensure that there is a smooth transition for both organizations and the non-profit community as a whole. In addition, as UWCGA moves forward Missy Neu will serve in the volunteer role of Co-Chair of the High School Graduation Blueprint Implementation Commission alongside Jack Kilgore.