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Posted on: April 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Perez joins United Way of Denton County board

United Way of Denton County recently welcomed five new community volunteers to its Board of Directors, including Joe Perez, The Colony's Director of Community Relations & Programming.

Perez, pictured at right, brings more than 10 years of experience in local government, and joins The Colony City Council member Kirk Mikulec on the board.Joe Perez

Other new board members include Joyce Brown, April Cain, Curtis Cornelious, and Dr. Marilyn Jackson.

“Each of these incoming board members adds a new perspective on community issues,” said Gary Henderson, President and CEO of United Way of Denton County. “Denton County is an increasingly diverse place, which requires individuals with an understanding of the community’s needs. The newly elected board members show the strength and knowledge it takes to serve a nonprofit organization like United Way of Denton County.”

Cain, of Lantana, is the owner of Merki & Associates and has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. Little Elm Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman Curtis Cornelious is a Senior Operations Engineer at Raytheon Technologies. Dr. Jackson of Prosper is the Director of Pharmacy Services at Medical City Denton. Brown, of Flower Mound, is a retired Supplier Quality Engineering Manager with 30 years’ experience.

“I believe when you are a member of a community you have an obligation to take action to improve that same community,” Cain said. “I believe in the mission of United Way of Denton County in this regard.”

The Executive team of United Way of Denton County remains largely intact with Micah Tannery-Pazoureck (Low Voltage Solutions) and Laura Behrens (City of Denton) entering their second year as Board Chair and Chair Elect, respectively. Highland Village Fire Chief Mike Thompson takes over as Campaign Fundraising Chair with retired Texas Instruments Foundation exec Ann Pomykal stepping in as Campaign Chair-Elect. In addition, Josh Ashford (Consolidated Insurance) reprises his previous role as Secretary. Also returning to the Executive Board are past chair Brandon McCleskey (First State Bank), Treasurer Dr. Mary Curtis (UNT), Marketing Chair Pat Sherman (DATCU Credit Union), Community Investment Chair Sharon Garrett (Medical City Denton), Partnership Development Chair Ellen M. Painter (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton), and Counsel Gregory J. Sawko (Sawko & Burroughs, PC).


United Way of Denton County is a local affiliate of a global organization led by a governing board of community volunteers. Through collaborative initiatives and programs with a network of local nonprofits, businesses, and government, we empower neighbors to invest in one another for a better Denton County community. We LIVE UNITED to help Children and Families succeed, to guide and serve Veterans and their families, to make Homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, and to advocate for overall Mental Health. Working together, we identify the community’s most critical needs and implement collaborative solutions to improve and transform lives in Denton County. For more information, visit or call 940-566-5851.


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