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Retired SWIC director to chair board of Illinois Division of United Way

David Paeth, former Southwestern Illinois College director of college activities and veteran services, has been named 2021 auxiliary board chair for the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis.

He succeeds Phil Hickman, who has held the chair position since 2020.

“United Way addresses a great breadth and depth of needs in our community, providing vital funding which empowers local nonprofits to continue their crucial work of helping our neighbors in need,” said Paeth (shown). “I can’t imagine the difference in the quality of life in the region without the United Way, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a high-quality, high-impact organization.”

Paeth, a resident of O’Fallon, Ill., retired in 2015 from SWIC after serving as director of college activities and veteran services for more than 25 years. In that role, he oversaw student services, clubs and organizations, as well as education and benefits services for student veterans.

Paeth has served in several roles with the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis throughout the past few years, including as vice-chair of its auxiliary council, chair of the Regional Investment Committee and as an allocations volunteer. He also served as a campaign representative for the Illinois Division during the 2018 and 2019 fundraising campaigns.

In addition to his work with the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis, Paeth is an active volunteer with the O’Fallon Community Garden Club, where he maintains the club’s beehives and provides educational outreach to the community. Paeth holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, both from Western Michigan University.

United Way’s Illinois Division, which serves Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties, also welcomed the following as new auxiliary board members:

  • Terrence Duncan with J. I. Enterprises
  • Malcolm Hill with Belleville East High School
  • Jeremy Hunter with Innovative Chiropractic Clinic
  • Mercedes Jacobs with Wells Fargo
  • Mary Lynam-Miller with Southern Illinois Community Support Services
  • Pamela Manning with McKendree University
  • Ron Stephens with Bank of Belleville
  • Michell Stockmann with Women Empowering Women
  • Linda Timmermann with CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

United Way of Greater St. Louis serves 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois, helping people in the region build a foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, financial stability, education, health and strong communities.

For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit

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