Our Staff

Michelle Purl, President / CEO

(318) 443-7203, extension 5 / michelle@uwcl.org

Michelle Purl is originally from Minnesota but has called Florida home for 32 years.  A graduate from Florida State University, she started her nonprofit career working on a wagon train with delinquent youth and has worked with Boys & Girls Club, counseled abused children, and was a Child Protection investigator.  In her 4 ½ years at United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties she helped to establish their Master Teacher program and transformed their fundraising to a modern campaign style.   She is dedicated to her family and they can often be found volunteering in the community with her.  Creating change is never easy but working collectively we can have better insight, solutions, and resources.She became the CEO of United Way of Central Louisiana in 2021 and is excited  to be a part of the community.  Check out her TedTalk The Business of Charity.    


Debbie Dove, Director of Operations 

(318) 443-7203, extension 4 / debbie@unitedwaycenla.org

Debbie began with our United Way in 1988, so she knows how things work (and how they don't!). Born in Alexandria, Debbie graduated from Holy Savior Menard Central High School. Debbie has graced our United Way staff by filling many roles and wearing a multitude of hats, all while being extraordinarily helpful to the rest of us!


Director of Community Investment

(318) 443-7203, extension 2 

Currently hiring.  


Suzy Smart, Administrative Assistant

(318) 443-7203, extension 3 / suzy@unitedwaycenla.org

Suzy is a great person to call for just about anything!  Suzy joined in the summer of 2019, and immediately set about getting the rest of us organized.  She worked previously for Baker Manufacturing, and First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. 


Rebbie Jones, Community Connector for the Strong Neighborhood Project