United Way of Central Minnesota (UWCM) announces that President and CEO Jon Ruis is leaving his role at the end of June to accept a position with Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
Brian Myres, CEO of Myres Consulting, LLC will serve as interim President and CEO. He has extensive experience in the St. Cloud area having served as a past campaign chair and board member for UWCM and currently serves as the Board Chair for the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation and Founder and Board Chair of the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation.
The UWCM Board of Directors will immediately open a search for a full-time President and CEO.
“It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as President and CEO for nearly five years and lead UWCM through our 50th Anniversary. I am truly grateful to the staff, the board, volunteers and donors who trusted me to oversee such a phenomenal organization,” Ruis said. I am proud of the work that we have done collectively to live up to our mission. I will cherish the relationships that have been built on our shared passion for our community.”
Melinda Sanders, incoming UWCM Board Chair and Aaron Fisk, UWCM Board Secretary, will lead the search committee to replace Ruis. A job description and contact information can be found at www.unitedwayhelps.org/careers.
During Ruis’s time with United Way, he helped raise close to $20 million dollars that was invested in programs to create positive change in Central Minnesota. He guided United Way through a successful 50th year celebration and set UWCM on a plan for a successful 50 years in the future. The purchase and move into a new permanent office location was one of his biggest achievements. During the last two years of his leadership, he has helped secure the funding and opening of two United Way Neighborhood Resource Centers aimed at addressing poverty barriers for families in these neighborhoods so their children can achieve better scholastic results.
“Our Board of Directors holds great confidence that UWCM is served by dedicated staff and supported by generous donors, strong partners, and able volunteers and wishes Ruis well in his new endeavor,” said Pat Edeburn, UWCM Board Chair. Together, United Way will continue to meet its mission to ‘improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of Central Minnesota.’”