Geoffrey Lyons, Erie

Brad Balentine

Employer: Nestlé Purina PetCare (NPPC)

Board Member since 2016

Family:  I have a wife Veronica Lyons, 7 sons; Devyn Lyons, Isaiah Bryant, Brandon Lyons, Rassjon Epps, Gregory Brock Jr., Anthony and Arron Copeland.

Biography:  I am originally from Erie, PA.   I have lived in Virginia, California and Maryland over the past 30 years.  I am the Human Resources Manager at NPPC and I have MBAs in Human Resources and Finance.

What is something people would not expect about you?

I am an ordained minister and a comic book junkie.

 What is your favorite quote?

“Be ye kind one unto another tender hearted for giving one another even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”

What drew you to United Way?

Helping people has always been part of my life from my grandparents to now. It fits in with my beliefs and I met some of the board members and I was impressed with their passions for what they do.

What do you love about United Way?

You can see it actually working in the community. It’s nice to have a tool to use, but when the tool works for you then the tool becomes even more valuable.

Additional comments

If we were work at making one person happier and we pass it on then think of how great a place the community and the world would be to live in. The United Way has the correct name Uniting is the only Way.