Terri JanisonLAS VEGAS (July 2, 2012) – United Way of Southern Nevada announced Terri Janison as the new Senior Director of Community Development. Undertaking the Health initiative, Janison’s goals are to protect children’s health through prevention and support by increasing the percentage of immunized children residing in southern Nevada, increasing access to healthcare, and engaging families in the healthy development of their children.

“Janison’s strong interest in advocating on behalf of children guides her decisions on both a personal and professional level,” said Cass Palmer, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “She has been a child advocate for 25 years, lobbied for numerous programs that increased academic achievement, attained measurable results throughout the district and state, and is a recipient of numerous awards. We are fortunate to have her.”

Believing healthy children are better prepared to learn and succeed in life, Janison will work with United Way of Southern Nevada’s volunteers, partners, community leaders and staff to focus on the strategic alignment of Health, Education, and Financial Stability Councils.

united way southern nevagaPrior to joining the United Way team, Janison worked for Governor Brian Sandoval in Community Relations and Economic Development. Additionally, she served in an elected position on the Clark County School Board for five years. She also worked with the Las Vegas Children’s Heart Foundation, volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representing foster children in the court system, served on the CASA Foundation Board, and held a similar role on the board of the Shade Tree Shelter. Currently Terri serves on the board for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Hope for Prisoners and the Vegas PBS Advisory Boards for Keeping Kids Fit and the American Graduate Program.