(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region (UWBR) welcomes four newly elected directors to its volunteer board. The board is responsible for setting policy and providing strategic leadership that aligns with United Way’s mission and meets the standards of United Way Worldwide.
“We are pleased to welcome Mark Holzman, Bob Jones, Tom McCawley, and Pat Weberpal,” said Board Chair Derek Hahn. “Each member brings unique skills and expertise to United Way’s fight for health, education, and financial stability in the Blackhawk Region.”
Board member rotation is a best practice for nonprofits to ensure fresh perspective, accountability, and diverse representation of the community and agency stakeholders.
An outgoing member of the board of directors, Geoff Rand of Associated Bank, is also recognized for successful completion of two, three-year terms on the board of directors. Rand served as Chair of UWBR’s Finance Committee and his additional achievements include: service on the Executive Committee; service as a community grant review panelist; and former Chair of the Stateline United Way.
“We applaud Geoff Rand, for his dedicated service and commend five leaders for stepping into this leadership role,” Hahn added. “As a volunteer-driven organization, United Way is grateful to all volunteers who generously give their time and talent to serve the greater good.”
Learn more about our new board members
To learn more about United Way Blackhawk Region’s community impact or see all members of its board of directors, visit LiveUnitedBR.org.
About Mark Holzman
Mark Holzman is Superintendent for the School District of Janesville. He served as Superintendent of the Manitowoc Public School District (MPSD) from July 2015 to June 2022. Originally from Dane County, Holzman has served at every level of K-12 education including baseball and basketball coach; social studies teacher; multicultural student advisor; dean of students; elementary principal, assistant junior high principal and high school principal; director of human resources; and coordinator of secondary education. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Student & Instruction in the Sheboygan Area School District from 2011-15, and he has also been an instructor at Lakeland University.
About Bob Jones
Bob Jones spent 17 years in manufacturing working at Stoughton Trailers, Lear Seating, and General Motors. When General Motors announced its closing, Jones moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and changed his career path. Jones worked mostly in the casino security field and served as the Chief of Security at Stage Door Casino. In 2016, Jones returned to Wisconsin and accepted a position with Festival Foods. His previous volunteerism includes serving on United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties’ Board of Directors. He transferred to the Janesville Festival Foods store in July of 2022, as the Human Resources Manager/Market Lead.
About Tom McCawley
McCawley joined Beloit Health System in February 2014 and as Vice President is responsible for: Human Resources, Environmental Services, Nutritional Services, Occupational Health, Bio-medical Engineering, Construction, Facilities Management and Security. McCawley has worked in human resources in various healthcare and higher education organizations for nearly 35 years. McCawley is
active in the community, currently serving as President of the Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, President of the Rotary Club of Beloit, Financial Secretary for Knights of Columbus Council 605, delivers for Meals on Wheels, and is active in several ministries at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Beloit.
About Patrick Weberpal
Patrick Weberpal, Senior Vice President Commercial Banking, is a lifelong resident of Rock County and has worked for BMO Harris Bank for 30 years. Weberpal learned early in his career the important role United Way fills in the community by serving as a ‘loaned executive’ to the annual fundraising campaign. Weberpal has coached youth football, basketball and baseball teams. Weberpal also directs the Milton Knights of Columbus youth activities and organizes local punt, pass and kick, as well as free throw contests. Weberpal also serves on the Board of the Rock County Agribusiness Association.
About United Way Blackhawk Region
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by Living United, by forging unlikely partnerships and by finding new solutions to old problems; by mobilizing the best resources; and inspiring individuals to join the fight against a common foe, each community’s most daunting social crises. United Way Blackhawk Region provides community grants and resources to more than 35 human services programs at 20 nonprofit agencies in Rock County, Wis. and northern Winnebago County, Ill. More information is available at LiveUnitedBR.org.