Ozarks Community Non-Profit Leader to Retire

A woman who has given decades of her life in service to the Ozarks is going to be stepping down from leading the United Way of the Ozarks.

Debi Meeds has been the President/CEO of United Way of the Ozarks since September 2014. She joined United Way after spending 25 years with the American Red Cross. She began with the Red Cross serving the U.S. 8th Army on Youngsan Army Base in Seoul, Korea.

“I have been blessed to serve in a community that serves each other,” Meeds said in a statement. “When we know the need — whether it is helping those homeless, struggling, disadvantaged, or those that have been devastated by disaster, together we help. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve this community.”

In addition to her work with the United Way, Meeds has been serving as Chair of the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery as well as the Chair for the Greene County Community Organizations Active in Disaster.

“On behalf of the United Way Board of Directors, I would like to thank Debi for her dedicated service to our community,” Eric Bilyeu, United Way of the Ozarks Board Chair, said in a statement. “Debi’s passion for helping those in need in our area and fulfilling the United Way Mission will be sorely missed.”

Meeds says the model to service disaster survivors at Multi-Agency Resource Centers is among the high points of her career. The model she created is now used by both the State of Missouri and nationally by the Red Cross.

The United Way board has started a formal search process for Meeds’ replacement.

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