Board Spotlight: Ashlee LeNoie

Ashlee was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She has worked in the finance industry for 18 years and has had the pleasure of assisting people to succeed financially. She is currently a Branch Manager at US Bank in Grand Rapids. Ashlee and her husband have been married for ten years and moved to Minnesota seven years ago, where her husband is originally from. They have three kids: Kristina, Fabien, and Oren. The family enjoys sporting events, making music, fishing, hunting, and just being outdoors.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
I enjoy making a difference. If we work together, we grow together. I want to be a part of succeeding by helping others succeed. When I heard about the opportunity to sit on the board, I was excited to increase my involvement in the United Way mission.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
Inspiration. The cause and the people behind the work inspire me to be more involved and help in all ways possible. And it’s fun! Last year, I participated in United Way’s Itascamazing Race, and I loved watching everyone express themselves and come together. This year, I’m excited to help lead the Frozen Fairways, another event where the community comes together and shows their individuality and support for United Way’s work.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

What impresses you most about the Itasca Area?
The effort, drive, and collaboration of everyone to grow and better the community. Collectively, they each significantly impact a small community and allow you to see where your efforts go.

What is one thing about United Way that most people don’t know?
The Two-Generation Approach. This effort, called Ready Kids, Resilient Families, is about helping the entire family unit succeed. Whatever happens in a household trickles down. For example, you can help a kid at school, but more is needed if they struggle at home. This program looks at the whole picture, and it increases family success.

What advice would you give to a potential donor considering investing in United Way?
Be an impact. Investing your money and time can better the lives of others in your community. It can give opportunities to those who may not have them otherwise. It can make connections that lead to a better change. We can all make a difference. Also, becoming a Round-Up Member is an easy way to help.