New board announcement – United Way of IRC

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United Way of Indian River County announced the addition of 6 new community members to its Board of Directors.

“The Board is excited to welcome Bethany Burt, Chris Hill, Carole Jean Jordan, Brian McMahon, Ph.D, Anne Posey, LMHC, NCC, and Denise Smith to United Way. We look forward to their different perspectives and areas of expertise which they will bring to our organization,” said Jeff Schlitt, Board Chair.

Bethany Burt, Charlotte Terry Real Estate Group of Alex MacWilliam Inc.

Bethany Burt has over twenty-five years of experience in marketing, advertising, and design. As a licensed realtor, she works conscientiously to effect seamless real estate transactions between buyers and seller in Indian River County. She also runs her own marketing company; Nest Media Company, and is a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, published author, and real estate agent.

Chris Hill, The Hill Group

Chris Hill, University of Florida alumnus, is the President and Safety Director of The Hill Group, the firm his father, Toby Hill, founded in 1984. His community involvements include volunteering for UWIRC’s Jackie Robinson Celebration Game, Habitat for Humanity, the Environmental Learning Center, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Carole Jean Jordan, Tax Collector’s Office of Indian River County

Carole Jean Jordan currently serves as Tax Collector of Indian River County. She was elected in November 2008, re-elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. During her tenure as Tax Collector, she has served in various leadership roles at the Florida Tax Collectors Association, specifically as a member and Chairman of the Legislative Committee, along with many other affiliations.

Brian McMahon, Ph.D., School District of Indian River County

Brian McMahon is currently the Coordinator of Accountability & Research for the School District of Indian River County. He has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) focused on Early Warning Systems from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Brian has a long working history in the education management industry and is skilled in Data

Visualization (PowerBI), Accountability, Data-based Problem Solving, Statistics, and Performance Measurement.

Anne W. Posey, LMHC, NCC, Cleveland Clinic Indian River

Since November 2017, Anne Posey, LMHC, NCC, Director of the Behavioral Health Center at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, ensures adults and youth are provided with behavior health services. Ms. Posey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida and a Nationally Certified Counselor with over twenty years’ experience.

Denise D. Smith, Indian River State College

Denise D. Smith is the Program Director of TRiO-Upward Bound at IRSC, a pipeline for graduating high school students for college and career readiness. Currently she serves as the secretary of the Executive Board of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Advisory member of the (IRSC) Farmworkers Education Migrant Program, and serves as the president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

“Having such dedicated community leaders on our board and as partners is an honor. We are excited about all we will accomplish together on behalf of Indian River County,” said Meredith Egan, Chief Executive Officer of UWIRC.

United Way Board Members with continuing terms include Board Chair Jeffrey Schlitt, Schlitt Insurance Services; Chair-Elect Jeffrey Petersen, Merrill Lynch; Secretary Dr. Katie Nall, Nall Edge Co.; Treasurer Margo Lind, Seacoast Bank; Past Chair Jeff Smith, IRC Clerk of the Circuit Court; CIC Chair Tom Manwaring; At Large LaKisha Erwin, A Fulfilled Life; Jan S. Beck, A-1 Roof Trusses; Christopher Bieber, SouthState Bank; Chris Ellis, Publix Super Markets; Sheriff Eric Flowers, IRC Sheriff’s Office; Jacqueline E. Jacobs, Ph.D.; Tor Jones, Jones and Jones Advertising, Inc.; Julia Keenan, IRSC Foundation; Dr. Sharon Packard, Cleveland Clinic; Rev. Benny Rhyant, New Mt. Sinai Baptist Church; Suzanne Seldes, Indian River State College; and Caryn Toole, Communities for Connected Kids.

For more information, please contact Meredith Egan, CEO at or (772) 567-8900.

About United Way of Indian River County

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website,

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