Get to Know…Aubrey Mentis, Community Impact Manager for Health
Describe your role at United Way.

One of the most important roles I have is to facilitate and maintain strategic alliances/partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations. I get to develop, integrate and implement programs that address United Way of the Plains’ health initiatives. Every day, I’m advocating for social change to benefit the health of others and have an impact on our community.

Share your career history and how you made your way to United Way.

My path to United Way of the Plains began while completing the American Society on Aging (ASA) Rise Program. For our capstone project, my group’s focus was addressing health equity and the disparity in healthcare received by minorities and people of color. As we began to dissect the many factors that were contributors to the lack of health equity and disparity in healthcare, I realized that I wanted to be a part of a solution in addressing this issue. I also realized that I needed to step out of my comfort zone to be a game changer in my community. In my search for a career, my LinkedIn account made a recommendation based on my profile for a community health impact manager at United Way of the Plains and the rest is history.

What are your interests or pastimes?

Running, cycling, gardening, collecting vinyl records and playing video games.

Share a favorite book or movie and why.

My favorite movie Plains, Trains and Automobiles, stars Steve Martin and the late John Candy. It is about two strangers traveling home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. It is very funny and heartwarming, and for me it epitomizes the meaning of the human spirit, tolerance, and kindness to those less fortunate.

Aubrey Mentis, United Way Community Impact Manager for Health, hangs Christmas lights on his house with his dad.
Aubrey Mentis, United Way Community Impact Manager for Health,, with his family at a birthday party.
If you would like, share a little bit about your family.

My wife and I both hail from South America. I am from Georgetown, Guyana, and she is from Rio Gallegos, Argentina. We have two boys, ages 17 and 11. My wife and I coach soccer at our YMCA. It’s our way of giving back to our community.

What have you found to be a favorite experience at UWP so far?

I have enjoyed my time here at United Way of the Plains. I am still learning my job responsibilities. It is everything and more than I expected when I applied. My position has allowed me to check many of the boxes I would seek in a career.

I really enjoyed getting out into the community during Operation Immunization. It was eye opening and inspiring to see how I can use my role to help everyone with their health.

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Published On: October 25, 2022Tags: ,

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