Paying Tribute to Ellen K. Annala, President and Ceo of the United Way of Central Indianaby Representative Susan W. Brooks
Posted on 2013-03-04
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 4, 2013
Mrs. BROOKS of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to
Ellen K. Annala for her 23 years of service as President and CEO of the
United Way of Central Indiana. The people of my Congressional district
and the State of Indiana are forever grateful for Ellen's contributions
and commitment to making the United Way what it is today, a powerful
force for positive local development.
Over the years, Ellen's leadership has been critical in providing community leaders with the vision and necessary resources to discover new solutions and address the needs of our state and ensure the welfare of our citizens. As the first female leader of the United Way of Central Indiana, Ellen has been instrumental in bringing together Hoosier leaders from all walks of life to make our communities better places to live.
Due to Ellen's strong leadership, the United Way is making tomorrow a better place by helping children today. She has tirelessly promoted early childhood learning by partnering with Indianapolis Public Schools in an effort to dramatically increase the number of children performing at grade level by sixth grade.
Today, the United Way of Central Indiana is even better equipped to support many of the region's rural communities as a result of Ellen's guidance. She has opened offices and brought resources to the five counties surrounding Indianapolis, giving the United Way the unique ability to respond to local needs.
On behalf of the grateful constituents of the Fifth Congressional District, I congratulate Ellen on the occasion of her retirement. Thank you, Ellen, for your 23 years of dedicated leadership with the United Way of Central Indiana. Best wishes to you as you pursue new challenges in the many bright years ahead of you.