United Way elects new board chair and vice chair, three new members

News Release

August 10, 2012 – Carolyn Mullins, AT&T executive director, will lead United Way California Capital Region’s board of directors with Jim Shetler, retired SMUD assistant general manager, serving as vice chair. The board also elected three new members: Monica Baumann, associate with Greenberg Traurig LLP, Jeremiah Smith, executive vice president and chief financial officer of First Northern Bank, and Barry Brundage, senior vice president, managing director and wealth management advisor for the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank.

Mark Hoag, president of United Corporate Furnishings, will continue as treasurer. Re-elected board members include Ruth Miller, vice president of insurance administration at Wraith, Scarlett and Randolph Insurance, Terry Myrrdin, chief of facilities oversight for the Secretary of State, Pam Stewart, owner of Cole Stewart Consulting, and Carolyn Turpin, regional vice president of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

“We have an outstanding board of highly engaged leaders who do a great job of representing the five counties we serve,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “We and the community benefit greatly from their vision and expertise as we work to impact important issues in the areas of education, health and financial stability in our region.”

New board member Baumann represents clients in government enforcement actions and business litigation, including labor and employment matters ranging from discrimination to wage, hour and benefit claims. She received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her JD from UC Davis. Baumann is active with Ducks Unlimited and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Sacramento, and serves as a mentor to a teenager in foster care. 

Brundage oversees the private banking, personal trust and investment management business in Sacramento. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he served as a region manager with Comerica Bank Wealth Management, regional sales manager for Wells Fargo Private Client Services and market director for Bank of America Investment Services. Brundage earned his MBA and BS in business from the University of La Verne in Southern California. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Placer Food Bank and as a member of the Planned Giving Committee for United Way California Capitol Region. 

Smith joined First Northern Bank in 2003, was named assistant controller in 2005 and was promoted to his current position in 2010. He advises management on financial control and profitability and is responsible for overseeing the bank’s investment portfolio. He interprets major financial reports for senior management, directors, shareholders and government agencies, and directs the preparation of all financial reporting. He chairs the bank’s Asset/Liability Management and Profit Improvement committees and is a member of the Compliance, Information Services and Ethics committees. He received a BS in business administration with a concentration in finance from Sacramento State. He is a certified public accountant and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

United Way is the region’s leading provider of innovative solutions on the community’s most pressing issues, including high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers work together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.