United Way of Cayuga Co. names new leader

The United Way of Cayuga County is pleased to announce Carrie Collins-Fadell as its new Executive Director.She most recently served as State Public Policy Director for the Michigan Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association working on the groundbreaking National Alzheimer’s Project Act, the nation’s first-ever National Alzheimer’s Plan and Silver Alert legislation. She also worked with media and program marketing in the metro-Detroit market including the PBS series A Wider World.   Mike Rifanburg, Board President for the United Way, said Collins-Fadell will be responsible for leading fundraising efforts, managing relationships with our partners in the community, and planning for the future of the organization. She will begin her new duties May 14th.Collins-Fadell will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Tim Kelly.”I am thrilled to join the Cayuga County United Way team,” said Collins-Fadell. “One of the things I am looking forward to is working with the current campaign chair, Jim Daddabbo.  His story is so inspiring.”  Collins-Fadell has been professionally involved with nonprofits for twelve years.  She started out as a Legislative Aide for a U.S. Senator and later served as Chief of Staff for State Representative Dave Woodward.  Transitioning to the nonprofit sector, she was the South Dakota Community Advocacy Director for the American Heart Association, where she worked with Plains Indian tribes and rural hospitals on community access issues.  She promoted the Heart Association’s pivotal Go Red For Women heart health campaign with First Lady Jean Rounds during Governor Mike Rounds’ tenure and worked on several initiatives to fight childhood obesity with the Bill Clinton Foundation. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration, she went on to earn her Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University.The United Way of Cayuga County is committed to improving lives in our community by advancing the common good. United Way is dedicated to community involvement and focused on creating long-lasting changes that will positively affect today, tomorrow and generations to come. Donations to the United Way help fund 41 programs that assist thousands of people throughout Cayuga County. To learn more about the United Way, or to make a donation go to www.unitedwayofcayugacounty.org or call 315-253-9741.

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