United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Welcome Three New Staff Members

United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Welcome Three New Staff Members

-- Brown, Kokas and Miller join United Way --

SCRANTON, PA (08-Dec-2020)

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties welcome three new staff members to their front office as they wind down their Centennial Celebratory Year.


  Diane Brown, Scranton, joined the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties in February 2020 as the APPRISE Coordinator.  Effective July 1, she is now the Director of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program for Lackawanna, Luzerne & Wyoming Counties.  Diane was previously employed at Voluntary Action Center for 14 years.  While at Voluntary Action Center worked with the APPRISE program and also served as the Director of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.

 

 


Ricky Kokas, Scott Twp., joins the United Way as the Manager of Education after transitioning from teaching accounting courses in higher education.  First a University of Scranton graduate who finished a Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Accounting before completing his MBA at the same institution.  Kokas shortly earned his CPA license which opened the door to working with the United Way.

Kokas has spent the last seven years working with the United Way’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program during tax season.   Starting as a student intern, and then staying on to serve as "Tax Guru" in the following years.  After volunteering for different education programs and being an Income Funds Distribution committee member with the United Way, Kokas jumped at the opportunity to join the United Way team full-time.  He looks forward to collaborating with community members to strengthen the education system for students and families in Northeast PA!


Stephanie Miller, Pittston, joins the United Way as the Senior Program Manager. Prior to joining the United Way, Miller worked at a local non-profit agency for 15 years and served as an advocate for people who struggled with housing issues and food insecurity. In addition, she recently served as a board member of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency as well as sat on numerous housing coalitions and committees.