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United Way president resigns, takes new position with Community Foundation of North Florida

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 11:44:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The United Way of the Big Bend President/ CEO has resigned and accepted a new position with the Community Foundation of North Florida.

According to the UWBB, Katrina Rolle has notified the board of directors of her resignation, which will be effective September 27, 2019. Rolle has accepted a position as the President/CEO of the Community Foundation of North Florida, where she will continue to help support community needs.

In her letter to UWBB Board Chair Darrick M. McGhee, Sr., Rolle wrote “It has been a privilege to work collaboratively with outstanding board members, motivated donors, dedicated volunteers, and loyal staff to make a difference in our community. Together, we have made great strides in our focus to strengthen families and end the generational cycle of poverty.”

UWBB syas over the next two months, Rolle will help launch their community campaign and implement the organization’s new funding cycle which begins this fall as part of its multi-year transformation.

“Leading UWBB has been a personal calling for me,” said Rolle. “Since my appointment to this role in March 2015, I have worked to use my God-given talents and passion for service to support our board, donors, volunteers, and staff to help transform UWBB. One couldn’t ask for a better work experience than what I have had during my tenure here.”

Over the last few years, the organization has gone through a research-based, community and volunteer led transformation to more effectively address ending the generational cycle of poverty, according to UWBB officials.

“Katrina has been the right leader for us throughout this transformation,” said Board Chair McGhee.” She has a heart for families and children in need, along with a sharp, knowledgeable, strategic mind. She understands the importance
of creating long-term, measurable outcomes that really make a difference in ending generational poverty. As sad as we are to see her leave, we are proud that her new venture will allow her to continue to make a positive difference in our region.”

UWBB says Rolle will take the helm of the Community Foundation of North Florida, succeeding Joy Watkins, who is retiring after 20 years of service to the Foundation.