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United Way Blackhawk Region welcomes a newly elected director to its volunteer board. The board is responsible for setting policy for the local United Way, reviewing and approving the annual budget and audit, and determining grant investments for more than 96 health and human services programs in Rock County, Wis. and Northern Winnebago County, Ill.

Lori S. Curtis Luther is the City Manager of Beloit. Curtis Luther is responsible for overseeing its total budget of $96 million; she manages all city departments and implements policies established by the City Council. In 2016, Curtis Luther celebrates her 20th year serving local governments. She previously served as the County Administrator in Peoria County, Illinois since 2011 and before that as the City Administrator in both Waukesha, Wisconsin and Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  She was born in Kansas and earned her BA from Baker University in political science and Spanish and earned her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.

She has previously served on a number of community boards, including serving as Co-Chair for the Pacesetter Committee for the Heart of Illinois United Way Cabinet. Curtis Luther is currently a member of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Board, Visit Beloit Board, and Greater Beloit Economic Development Council. She and her family, which includes her husband, a high school teacher at Beloit Memorial and their four children, are actively engaged in the community and enjoy attending the Farmer’s Market and Music at Harry’s.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Curtis Luther to United Way Blackhawk Region Board of Directors,” said Board Chairman Jon Schlemmer. “In addition to her professional accomplishments, she also brings a commitment to public service and heart for United Way’s mission as evidenced by enduring volunteerism and leadership within community organizations.”

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