Victoria County United Way announce new Executive Director

Press release from the Victoria County United Way:

Caleb Staudt, President of the Board Directors of the Victoria County United Way, announced today that Brooke Garcia will be the next VCUW Executive Director, effective June 24th.

“Brooke has 20 years of experience with nonprofit organizations as well as a terrific educational background for this position”, Staudt said adding, “we look forward to working with her”.

Jennifer Yancey, Chair of the VCUW Search Committee, was pleased with the strong qualifications of the candidates for the position. “Brooke stood out from the other candidates with her breadth of experience, knowledge of non-profits and energy level”, she noted. “And her understanding of this region will be an asset”, Yancey added.

Garcia’s experience includes 17 years in progressively demanding positions with the San Antonio Youth Centers as Development Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Acting Interim CEO. She has also worked as a consultant to other non-profit organizations and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Arts for Rural Texas in Weimar.

Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio and then served a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a youth development organization located in San Antonio. Garcia later earned an executive MBA while also working.

In 2018 and Spring 2019, she was an adjunct instructor for an undergraduate online course, Strategy and Business Environment, for the University of Houston-Victoria, as well as an adjunct instructor for an online course of Leading/Managing Nonprofit Organizations for Southern New Hampshire University Spring and Summer 2019.

“I’m excited to move to Victoria and be part of the very active nonprofit organizations helping people throughout this area” noted Garcia.

Dolly Stokes, current Executive Director, is retiring at the end of June, after leading the VCUW for nearly four years. “We feel nothing but gratitude for Dolly’s stewardship during her years as Executive Director” stated Staudt. “The Victoria County United Way remains dedicated to meeting the needs of our community, and we will continue to work closely with donors and our member agencies to ensure that good work continues long into the future”.

“Dolly has been dynamic as the UW executive director”, noted Sheila Vesely, incoming board chair, “Her work with our agencies, donors and the board are to be commended. She especially stepped up in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, being instrumental with the Long Term Recovery Group and its efforts. The board appreciates the work she has done and certainly wishes her only the best in retirement”. To learn more about Victoria County United Way, visit: http://www.unitedwayvictoria.org or email: admin_unitedway@tisd.net.

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