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Wendy Reuer, Published January 13 2011

United Way of Cass-Clay president leaving organization

Melinda Haun, United Way of Cass-Clay president, announced Wednesday that she plans to leave the organization for another opportunity at the end of this month.

“I had been thinking about this for some time and I was very interested in making sure that I stayed in my leadership role through the completion of our 2010 campaign,” Haun said.

Last week, it was announced the United Way’s 2010 annual fundraising campaign raised $5,001,109, a 2.5 percent increase over the total dollars raised in 2009.

Haun said she will disclose the details of her new position after her final day with United Way of Cass-Clay on Jan. 31. She declined to say if she would remain in this area but said she was not aware of this new opportunity when she came here in June.

Jeffrey Slaby, United Way of Cass-Clay Board of Trustees Chair, said Wednesday the organization will immediately begin searching for a new president.

“We will be pulling together a search committee and start the process,” Slaby said. “I’m expecting at least a couple of months for the process.”

John Machacek, vice president of finance and operations, will serve as the organization’s acting leader.

Haun came to the United Way of Cass-Clay as president in June after serving as president of United Way of Chippewa County in Chippewa Falls, Wis., for 15 years.

“It’s all positive and I look forward to my new opportunities. I know the United Way of Cass-Clay will be in good hands,” Haun said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530