IAUW announces new Executive Director

Interlakes Area United Way (IAUW) is pleased to announce the hiring of Melissa Dougan as Executive Director. She replaces Katie Hahn, who stepped down to join the IAUW Board of Directors.

Melissa Dougan

“Melissa has extensive experience in community outreach, networking and event planning,” said IAUW President Lori Gustaf. “She has a great attitude and kind heart, and we think she’s a terrific addition to our team.”

Dougan took over her new role July 1. She’ll primarily spend the summer assisting with IAUW’s WIN BIG Raffle, making introductions and learning more about parent organization United Way Worldwide.

“We are confident her skill-set will help enhance our organization and strengthen our relationships with community partners across our service territory of Lake, Miner and Moody counties,” Gustaf said.

Dougan resides in Chester, SD where she owns and operates the Shipwreck Bar & Grill along with her husband, John. She has over 20 years-experience in management in the restaurant and insurance industries.

She likes to stay busy and volunteers her time with various organizations and events, including Parrot Heads of the Prairie in the Sioux Falls area, local golf tournaments and hosting a variety of fundraisers and events at the Shipwreck. In addition to running her business, she also works as a substitute teacher at Chester Area School. 

“I love to meet new people and help out others whenever possible,” she said. “I am excited to be working in this new role with United Way and look forward to making many new connections throughout the area.”

Dougan was born in Bismarck, ND. She moved with her family to Sioux Falls her freshman year and graduated from Washington High School. She attended college at the University of South Dakota and graduated with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Drug & Alcohol Abuse.

Dougan and her husband have two sons, Carson (17) and Ben (14). The family also has a yellow lab, a 5-month-old black lab and a cat.

Individuals seeking more information about Melissa or the work of IAUW can email director@interlakesunitedway.org.

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