United Way welcomes five new board members
July 31, 2010 — Five community leaders have been elected to United Way California Capital Region’s board of directors. Leo Hamill with Wells Fargo Bank, Lupe Mercado with Communications Workers of America Local 9421, Terry Myrrdin in the Secretary of State’s office, Vanessa Sheared with California State University Sacramento and Joyce Stone with Amador Child Care Council will help govern the organization.
In addition, five directors were elected to new terms: John Johnson recently retired from Intel Corporation, Bob O’Hollearn of Allied/Nationwide Insurance, Richard Pan with UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Kathie Sowa with Bank of America and Velma Sykes of Deon Taylor Enterprises.
“We are fortunate to have top leaders who care deeply about this community,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Each of our board members makes it a top priority to reach out to new people and link arms with partners so we can create lasting results in the areas of education, income and health.”
Hamill is senior vice president and regional director for Wells Fargo’s Private Bank in North-Central California. Hamill, who has been with Wells Fargo for 12 years, now leads more than 100 team members throughout the area, including branch locations and private bank hubs in downtown Sacramento, Roseville and El Dorado Hills.
Mercado has served as president of the Communications Workers of America Local 9421 since 2008 and has been a member since 1979 when she began her career with Pacific Telephone (now AT&T) in Sacramento. Before retiring from AT&T in 2010, she worked in several departments, including bilingual sales serving Spanish-speaking customers. With CWA, she has served as a member of the bargaining committee, union steward, chief union steward, vice president and executive vice president. Mercado was appointed to the CWA national committee on equity and the national constitution committee and is the labor representative for the California Community Colleges and Workforce Development Program.
Myrrdin is chief of facilities oversight for the secretary of state, which includes the offices of the secretary of state, State Archives and the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts. She has held senior positions in California state government for more than 20 years, working for Republican Senate leaders William Campbell and Robert Beverly, joining Governor Gray Davis’ horseshoe staff and serving in her current position for the last four secretaries of state.
Sheared joined CSUS as dean of the College of Education in 2006. Previously, she served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education at California State University San Francisco and professor in the Center for Adult Education. She also was assistant professor and coordinator for the community college doctoral cohort at Northern Illinois University. She served on the board of the American Association of Adult Continuing Education, the Adult Education Research Conference steering committee and coordinated the African-American Adult Education Research Pre-Conference.
Stone has managed the Amador Child Care Council for the past six and a half years. Previously, she worked with Child Action in Sacramento for six years as coordinator of the Sacramento County Local Child Care and Development Planning Council, as well as supervisor of the CARES and AB 212 programs, the Capitol Regional Resource Center Project and facilities development. Prior to that, she worked in foster care education and in a variety of administrative, media and publishing capacities.
United Way California Capital Region 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. Working with other nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers, United Way provides positive, measurable results on vital health and human services issues. Through new and traditional fundraising and mobilization programs, 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.