Former director returns to United Way position

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Mark Andersen is returning to Steamboat Springs and to the Routt County United Way's executive director position.

Andersen, who served as executive director from 1995 to 1997, has been hired to replace Millie Beall, who is retiring this month after six years as executive director.

Andersen will be moving from Cadillac, Mich., where he was working as a program manager at a residential treatment center for abused and neglected youths. Before that, he ran a summer camp in Virginia for children with chronic medical conditions.

Andersen has more than 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and 11 years of experience with the United Way.

"I always felt strongly about the United Way; it's an organization that has grown so much," Andersen said Wednesday.

Andersen was one of more than 30 applicants for the position, which was advertised locally, statewide and nationally. The United Way's board set up a committee to review the applications and set up interviews.

Andersen was a strong pick because he has knowledge of Routt County, Beall said. Also, many of the people who will work with him on a daily basis know him, she said.

"He has name recognition among these folks," Beall said.

Beall plans to work with Andersen during his first week, which begins April 24.

"I think it's going to be great," Beall said. "I think it'll be seamless."

Andersen's goals include continuing to increase fundraising to meet the growing needs of the community. He also wants to promote the organization's ability to help agencies work together.

"One of the strengths of the United Way is that it is able to provide a collaborative effort," Andersen said.

Andersen said his third goal is to educate the community about the importance of the United Way in providing human services needs.

"I want to get everyone to understand what the United Way is all about," he said.

Andersen and his wife, Kris, have two young sons, Jake and Ben.

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