United Way announces co-chairs for annual campaign

United Way announces co-chairs for annual campaign

The United Way of Wyoming Valley has announced the co-chairs for its 2017-2018 annual campaign will be husband and wife, William Anzalone Jr. and Jane Smedley Anzalone of Shavertown.

Jane Smedley Anzalone, a graduate of Bishop O’Reilly High School, earned a degree in biology and a certificate in molecular biology from King’s College and her juris doctorate degree from Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law.

She chairs the commercial law department of Anzalone Law Offices in Wilkes-Barre.

Since 2014, she has been a board member and campaign cabinet member of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. She also is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA board.

William Anzalone Jr., a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology with a focus in forensic psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After completing his post-doctoral residency and expanding his practice to include trauma and stress disorders along with his work in the criminal justice sector, Anzalone returned to the area to help create a mental health treatment court in Luzerne County. He has been the coordinator of the mental health court since its inception in 2009. He also maintains a private forensic psychology practice.

He is a past president of the UNICO Wilkes-Barre Chapter and he has served on the board of directors and as the co-chair of the annual UNICO high school all-star football game. He serves as the treasurer of the UNICO Wilkes-Barre Chapter and as chair of the Charitable Gift Committee.

United Way President and CEO Bill Jones said the Anzalones’ dedication to improving the region makes them “natural leaders” for the annual campaign, which is focused on reducing childhood poverty in the Wyoming Valley.

The campaign will kick off on Sept. 7 with a reception at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Ballroom.