The United Way is the topic of Newsmakers this Sunday, November 10. The monthly public affairs program is hosted by Senior Producer
Jayne Ann Bugda and the I-Team's Andy Mehalshick.
Bugda and Mehalshick will have as their guests, Ginny Crake, CEO-United Way of Berwick, Bill Jones, CEO and President of the United Way of Wyoming Valley; and Gary Drapek, CEO and President of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
The panel will discuss how each United Way is unique and different in the programs and services they offer but the goal is the same - to impact health, education, and social service needs of their individual communities. They will also focus how volunteering is important to making communities stronger and a better place to live.
Newsmakers airs this Sunday, November 10 at 6:30 am on WYOU and will re-broadcast at 11:30 am on WBRE.
Learn More About the United Way
- United Way of the Wyoming Valley
- United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
- Berwick Area United Way
- United Way of Pennsylvania ( Find a United Way near you)
Dial PA 2-1-1 is a statewide collaborative for health and human service information for Pennsylvanians.
Meet our Guests:
Ginny Harris Crake is a 2002 Berwick High School graduate. She went on to study International Politics at Penn State. She began her career as intern for Senator Specter in Washington, DC. Following her internship she worked for a small environmental non-profit called the Alice Ferguson Foundation where she learned the many skills that it takes to run programs and create collaboration among different organizations. Then she was hired as the Program Manager for the National River Cleanup program at American Rivers a national non-profit. She moved back to Berwick with her husband Stephen to raise her family where she is currently the CEO of the Berwick Area United Way.
Gary Drapek is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties.
Gary joined the United Way of Lackawanna County in 1987 as the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, a position he held for 12 years. During this time he became a trainer for the National Academy of Volunteerism, Alexandria VA, where he served as a consultant, and workshop presenter on numerous topics, including; Crisis Communications, Media Relations, and Effective Communications Techniques. He has presented to businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the country, including sessions in, Anaheim and San Francisco, CA, Nashville, TN, Chicago, IL, Miami and Tampa, FL, Baltimore, MD and others. He has been recognized for his work by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Advertising Club as a recipient of the Ad Club’s ADDY Award, and is a nine time recipient of United Way of America’s Reach for the Stars and Second Century Communications Awards. In 1992 Gary was recognized by the United States Department of Defense for the development and coordination of a national home-front support program during Operation Desert Storm entitled, Operation Desert Care.
In 1999 Gary left United Way to become the Vice President of Communications for Condron & Company, a regional award winning advertising, public relations and marketing firm, based in Scranton, Pennsylvania that serves the creative needs of over 60 businesses, corporations and non-profits.
He returned to the United Way in August of 2002 as President and Chief Professional Officer.
In April of 2003 he was presented with the Restoring Pride in Scranton Award by Scranton’s Mayor Christopher Doherty, for his civic and professional work in the City of Scranton, and in 2008 was presented with the Lackawanna County Bar Association’s Community Service Award. In addition, he was named the 2009 Alumnus of the Year by the Pennsylvania State University – Scranton Campus, the 2012 Whitney Young, Jr. Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the 2013 Interdependence Day Award for outstanding community service.
He is the author of three published works focusing on effective communication techniques, entitled; Ignite Business-Train Your Sights on Specific Objectives; Advanced Preparation Key to Effective Crisis Management; and Ingenuity & Planning Important on Limited Ad Budget.
Gary was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from the Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Scranton Counseling Center, The Lackawanna-Susquehanna Behavioral Health - Intellectual Disabilities Early Intervention Program, Lackawanna Pro-Bono, Johnson College President’s Advisory Circle and the Governor’s Advisory Board of Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Chairman of the Trustees of the McNulty Charitable Trust and former Chairman of the Board of United Way of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. PA
Gary resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan and daughter, Laura Elizabeth.
Bill Jones was born, raised and always made the Wyoming Valley home. He was graduated from Misericordia University in 1985 and earned an MBA degree from Wilkes University in 1989. His early career was in banking for 15 years and was the Vice President of Community Development for PNC Bank. In 2000, he left banking and became the Chief Operating Officer for Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania. In 12 years with Volunteers of America, the organization grew significantly and tackled some of the most pressing issues in the community. In January of 2012, Jones became the President and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley where he hopes to help lead transformational change that will reduce social service need in the Wyoming Valley and advance the common good for all. He lives in Mountaintop with his wife, Janet, and teenage daughters, Caroline and Rachel.