August 18, 2018
Lisa Byford, a longtime community servant who is Vice President of Treasury Management at BancFirst-Duncan, will guide the United Way of Stephens County’s Loaned Executive team in this year’s fund-raising campaign.
Loaned executives have become critical performers in the annual campaign. They visit local businesses, share the 63-year-old local United Way story and have on occasion helped raise as much as 70 percent of campaign funds that support 14 partner agencies.
This year’s goal is $325,000.
Byford will oversee a team of 15 loaned executives.
“I’m really excited about the team we’ve assembled,” she said. “They understand the importance of our role and I believe they’ll all be thorough, enthusiastic and successful.”
Members will attend a training session Wednesday where they will learn more about the United Way program and its agencies here, receive their account assignments and discuss an ambitious four-week internal campaign schedule.
A United Way veteran, Byford was named volunteer of the year for last year’s campaign. She takes over from Betty Beck, who was loaned executive chairman the past four years and will have expanded campaign duties this year.
“She’s going to be great,” Beck said of Byford. “She’s well organized. She has recruited a great team. She’s personable. And her follow-through skills are just wonderful.”
Byford has been a loaned executive, a team captain, and a solicitor on previous campaigns and she has been a member of the allocations committee, a Day of Caring participant and a reader for the Readers & Leaders program.
“The United Way means a lot to me,” Byford said. “We probably all know someone who has benefited from the services of a United Way agency and I am amazed by the number of volunteers who give of themselves to help others.”
Byford is a graduate of Leadership Duncan XVII, has been chairman of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors, its Rookie of the Year and its Volunteer of the Year and a member of its board’s nominating committee.
She is a board member of the Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club, has been treasurer of Chisholm Trail Ambucs and has been involved with the Emerson PTO and the Prairie Circuit Rodeo.
The 2017-18 United Way campaign kicks off Friday in Halliburton Stadium at halftime of the Duncan season football opener with Sapulpa.
For additional information about the United Way of Stephens County, contact Ed Darling at (580) 255-3648.