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August 12, 2013

United Way names McCauley executive director

TRAVERSE CITY — United Way of Northwest Michigan named Ranae McCauley as its new executive director.

“We’re really excited to get Ranae to come to the United Way,” said Matt Classens, board president of the local United Way. “Her wealth of experience in the nonprofit world and her dedicated service to our community is phenomenal. She believes in helping those in need, and her connections to the five counties is excellent.”

United Way of Northwest Michigan serves Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties.

McCauley has been involved in many regional projects, including housing matters, the local 211 call-in center, child advocacy and farm-to-school programs. She is a founding member of the local Poverty Reduction Initiative and vice president of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District board.

She also is a former Citizen of the Year in Kalkaska County and the 2012 Traverse Area Athena award winner.

McCauley worked at the MSU Extension for 17 years on collaborative efforts in the five-county area, including her present position as coordinator of the Community Collaboratives in Antrim and Kalkaska counties.

McCauley said she hasn’t achieved anything alone.

“Everything that’s listed there, I didn’t do alone. It would not have the impact or effect had I done it alone,” she said.

“Creative thinking and amazing people” have achieved a lot of good work in the region, she said.

McCauley said she’s excited about the new job.

“(United Way) is about giving, advocating and volunteering. We’re going to do everything we can to be relevant and rigorous in our five-county region,” she said. “We want to do all those things. We’ve had such great work out of United Way, I just get to build on the efforts of others.”

Ranae was selected out of more 40 candidates who applied for the position. She’ll start her new job around August 19.

McCauley will replace Steve Wade, the organization’s head since 2008. He accepted a position with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.

In a previous interview, he told the Record-Eagle that his July departure had nothing to do with the United Way and would not negatively affect the organization.

“I don’t think the community is going to miss a beat in terms of the services they expected from the United Way,” Wade said.

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