President and chief executive officerUnited Way of the Wine Country, 418 B St., Ste. 400, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-528-4485; unitedwaywinecountry.org
Residence: Santa Rosa
Professional background: 11-plus years working for United Way organizations in three states
Education: Undergraduate in Business Administration from Wayne State College and Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix
Staff: 11 FTEs, 5 VISTAS, 3 contract employees
Describe your organization. United Way of the Wine Country is dedicated to improving the lives of local children, families and individuals by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For over 40 years, we have been working with active community members, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the most critical issues affecting our community. Led by a diverse group of local volunteers, we are deeply committed to achieving lasting solutions - not just quick fixes - for people in our own backyard by:Supporting programs and services that directly help local peopleAdvocating for public policy changes such as healthcare for all California childrenHelping people contribute their time and talent through volunteer opportunities
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am an 11-year United Way veteran who was born and raised in Nebraska (Go Big Red!). Having worked for three United Ways in three states, I’ve been witness to some dramatic changes and seen community impact at its fullest. Since moving to Santa Rosa in 2011, I have dedicated my time to learning about the community and meeting the people who are making community change possible.
As a parent of two girls, ages 10 and 13, I am adapting to hearing stories of boys, fashion choices and the latest and greatest boy bands on the radio. I coach girls youth softball in my “free” time and assist in taxiing my daughters whenever needed.
What is your role in the organization? President/CEO