NSUW Welcomes New Board Members

North Shore United Way (NSUW) has named three North Shore civic leaders to its Board of Directors. Northbrook businessman Mehdi Alister, Lake Forest resident Jim Bauer and Evanston resident Alice McAvoy Paschen join 24 board members from across the region. The group is responsible for allocating more than $1.3 million annually to local health and human service agencies.

“We’re thrilled Mehdi, Jim and Alice have joined our board,” said Deb Price, President of the NSUW Board. “North Shore United Way is committed to making an impact in our community. We know this group brings phenomenal community and collaborative spirit that will help us achieve our goals.”

Alister, Bauer and Paschen will promote and support LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s community-impact plan focusing resources on the building blocks of self-sufficient families: education, income and health. As part of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, NSUW supports 35 nonprofit agencies across 18 North Shore communities.

“Mehdi, Jim and Alice are great additions to our team,” said Susan McGarry, Vice President of Board Development for NSUW. “They have already demonstrated an eagerness and ability to make a difference to our organization. We’re excited to use their experience and talents to change the odds for families on the North Shore.”

About Mehdi Alister

Alister, CEO of Alphagraphics Northshore (serving Northbrook, Glenview and surrounding areas), has spent more than 20 years in market strategy consulting for Fortune 500 divisional senior management clients and 15 years managing audio-visual industry brands for Canada, U.S., Mexico and Central and South America. He earned a combined degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Birmingham, England and an MBA from the London Business School, University of London in England.

Alister has served as past Board Chair of the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, President of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and member of Rotary International. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Lake Forest.

About Jim Bauer

Bauer, a senior telecommunications industry executive with more than 45 years of operations, strategy and business experience, has worked with ANTEC Corporation (now ARRIS Group Inc), AT&T, Ameritech, Illinois Bell and Wisconsin Bell. He received a B.S. from University of Illinois and has completed advanced coursework at Northwestern University, Wharton School, Emory University and the University of Chicago.

Bauer volunteered with the former Wheeling-Buffalo Grove United Way (now Northwest Suburban United Way), the Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin, and previously served on the Associate board of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Zoological Society. Bauer currently lives in Lake Forest.

About Alice McAvoy Paschen

Paschen is the Global Freight Forwarding Implementation Manager at UPS Supply Chain Solutions. She has more than 18 years of supply chain expertise, including managing projects across Asia Pacific, Latin American, Europe and North America. At UPS-SCS, Paschen serves as United Way workplace campaign coordinator, leading a team of eight coordinators to fundraise nearly $1 million for United Way. Paschen and her family also hosted a neighborhood garage sale in Evanston in July, 2012. She managed donations and volunteers, raising more than $1,200 to support LIVE UNITED 2020 and Evanston, a United Way Partner Community.

Paschen has volunteered and served on boards of a range of organizations, including: Neighbor to Neighbor, Ryan Licht Sang Foundation, Jane Addams Hull House Feeding the Poor Program, “Books, Bikes and Bundle Up,” Avon Cancer 39 Mile — 2 Day Walk, and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Sears Tower Climb. Paschen currently lives in Evanston.

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