Granite United Way Employee Honored



West Lebanon — Dana Hanson, outgoing director of major gifts at Granite United Way, received a commendation from Gov. Maggie Hassan during Hassan’s visit to the Upper Valley last week.

Hanson, who lives in Etna, was recognized for outstanding work in the community. She recently announced her retirement from United Way after 15 years with the organization.

During her tenure, she has helped raise more than $15 million for local initiatives and programs, the organization said in a recent news release.

Hanson’s work “has been woven into the fabric of this community,” said Julia Griffin, Hanover town manager, and a board member and campaign chair for Granite United Way. “She has made incredible contributions to this region, and we cannot thank her enough for the legacy she has left.”

Another Upper Valley resident has joined Granite United Way as a relationship manager for the Upper Valley. Katie Kobe, of Lyme, will work closely with workplace campaigns throughout the region. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont.— Staff report