Executive Director: Ashley Bride
A graduate of Castleton University, Ashley has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector. She first became involved with UWRC in 2013 as a partner agency receiving funding and then in 2020 as a board member serving as a grantee partner. “I know how vital UWRC is to the community and the agencies funded. I am thrilled to take the experience I have gained to work with businesses and non-profits in a new way. It is important that we continue to grow the resources available to the programs that address our community’s most pressing needs. I am passionate about the ability to be creative and think big when it comes to addressing the health, safety, and well-being of our community. The United Way of Rutland County offers this ability through their Community Impact model allowing for flexibility and out of the box thinking. I am proud to be able to serve our community in this endeavor.”
Associate Director: Kathleen Taft
Taft, a native Coloradan and graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, recently relocated to Vermont from Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. She has experience in data management and analysis as a federal consultant, and program management and policy development with a local public health agency. Active as a volunteer from a young age, throughout her life she could often be found helping with chamber of commerce fundraisers, working with disabled children through adaptive skiing and horseback riding, serving at soup kitchens, or participating in various community organizations. Taft’s work will be closely involved with supporting UWRC community partners and grant-funded agencies. “I am excited to pivot from direct service to an impressive organization like the United Way that enables broader impact across the healthcare, financial stability, and education sectors,” Taft said.