Michelle Purl

Michelle Purl, President / CEO

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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 

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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

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Ananda Flanagan, Campaign Coordinator

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Ananda was born and raised in Central Louisiana. She earned her degree from Northwestern State University. She is the mother to a sassy six-year-old girl with a huge smile and an even bigger heart; As well as her daughter, Ananda loves to smile and laugh. She has always had a passion for helping others in any way that she can. She is excited to be a part of the United way of Central Louisiana team to have the opportunity to help in the community in which she was raised. UWCL has several aspects, and to be a part of them all is exciting! In her spare time, she likes to shop, eat, and craft. 



Katherine Jennings, 2-1-1 Referral and Care Coordinator

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Katherine was born and raised in Central Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University at Alexandria with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. She worked at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office during her undergraduate degree; however, moved to Dallas, Texas to begin her career in non-profit. While working at the North Texas Food Bank, she worked directly with clients through state benefit program application assistance and referrals to outside agencies. Her dedication to her team and community members allowed her to thrive. Upon moving back to Central Louisiana, she began working at the United Way of Central Louisiana in hopes to help make a similar positive impact through leveraging resources and relationships in the community. In her time off, she is a dedicated, passionate mother and friend.


Yolanda Vanzant, V.I.T.A. Program Coordinator

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Yolanda brings years of tax service to our organization.  She began her work many years ago through the V.I.T.A. program by being a volunteer and later owned her own tax location.  She said she always wished she could do taxes for people without charging them a fee and feels that her return to the V.I.T.A. program is bringing it full circle.