United Way of Ventura County elected its 44th president last week at its annual meeting at Oxnard's Radisson Suite Hotel.
Laura McAvoy, a senior partner in the Oxnard law firm of Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton, replaces Michael Milligan, president of Bank of A. Levy, who headed United Way in 1986-87.
A two-year member of the United Way board, McAvoy recently held positions in the Allocations Division, which decides which agencies should receive United Way funds.
The United Way last year distributed funds to 66 local health and social services agencies.
McAvoy, a lifetime resident of Ventura County, attended St. Catherine's and Oxnard High School before going on to UCLA for undergraduate studies and law school. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1973 and began practice with the Oxnard law firm in June, 1975.
She lives in Camarillo with her husband and two children.