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Campaign Co-Chairs

Kim Kiefer & Janey Lester

2018 Campaign Co-Chairs

United Way of Southeast Alaska is proud to announce a dynamic team who will be leading United Way of Southeast Alaska’s annual giving campaign. Janey Lester, the Glacier Valley branch manager for Wells Fargo and Kim Kiefer, who retired in 2016 after 33 years of public service as the City Manager of Juneau, look forward to building on past success and stretching the campaign goal to $350,000 while also increasing both donors and donations.

United Way of Southeast Alaska’s Board Chair, Warren Russel announced, “We really appreciate both Janey and Kim taking on this important challenge. The annual campaign helps to fund United Way’s fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community across Southeast Alaska. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. Both Janey and Kim have been great ambassadors for these causes in the past. We know that they will do an excellent job.”

Janey Lester has been with Wells Fargo Bank for nearly 8 years, 5 of those as a Branch Manager. Wells Fargo has been a partner with you United Way for many years and Janey has been an active advocate and donor during her tenure while at the bank.

Janey was an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Round Rock, Texas and loved the opportunity to give back and serve our community after she and her husband moved to Juneau this past April. Janey states “United Way is one of the best-rated charity organizations in the world making it a stand out cause to support and get behind. One can rest assured through giving that their money will stay local and help support the communities we live and work in throughout Southeast Alaska.”

Kim Kiefer retired in 2016 after 33 years in public service, most recently as the City Manager of Juneau. In her retirement, she continues to be involved in the community by serving on the board of the Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Zach Gordon Alumni Committee, a volunteer coordinator for Family Promise of Juneau, a tri-manager for the Juneau Pride Chorus and President of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club.

Kim believes that being part of a community means volunteering to help make the community a better place for everyone. She has been a long-time supporter of United Way. “United Way is a hub for nonprofit organizations. They know whom to talk to, how to develop great projects and ideas and help lead inter-organization cooperation. I volunteer now through United Way because I believe in United Way and the work they do.”  

Community contributions are invested carefully and systematically in programs and agencies that work to solve various community problems. We have a great responsibility to ensure that your contribution is invested in the most effective and impactful way possible.

Statistics show that 1 in 3 people will use a United Way partner agency in their lifetime. Your support ensures that you, your loved ones, neighbors and co-workers will have help when it is needed.

United Way of Southeast Alaska is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization that creates lasting change by bringing people and resources together to address community-wide issues. 

UWSEAK focuses on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Income and Health; a quality education that leads to a good job, income that can support a family through retirement and good health. 

UWSEAK is a member of the United Way Worldwide system that includes nearly 1,800 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers.

For more information about United Way of Southeast Alaska or to find information about holding a workplace campaign at your business call our offices at 907-463-5530.