United Way names new president PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 November 2012 11:12
Karen Mathison, president of a United Way in Minnesota, has been selected as United Way of Greater Toledo's new president and CEO. She will assume the new role beginning Jan. 7.
"Karen is enthusiastic and has significant experience driving positive change through the United Way system," said Tom Waggoner, United Way Board of Trustees vice chair and chair of the selection committee. "She is positive, forward-thinking, and has a passion for community engagement and problem solving."
Mathison has led United Way of Olmsted County in Rochester, Minn., since 2002. During her tenure, she implemented a community-wide impact plan focused on education, income, health, and community basics. Her emphasis on measured results, accountability, and sustained change moved the organization forward. As a result of her efforts, nearly 350,000 books have made it into the hands of children under the age of five and human services are delivered in smarter ways. Additionally, she increased campaign revenue by 11 percent and improved donor retention and cultivation through relationship building.
"The passion and commitment of this community is contagious," said Mathison. "I'd like to build on this and together co-create a powerful collaborative of partnership, accountability, and community results that advance the greater Toledo community."
Mathison has a bachelor's degree in organizational management and leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., and is a certified fundraising executive and graduate of United Way Worldwide's Advanced Leadership Program. Mathison was previously employed with United Way of North Central Iowa and Target Corporation/Marshall Field's Department Store in management positions for retail stores in new and existing markets. She currently serves on the United Way Worldwide Health Advisory Council as the co-chair and the United Way Worldwide National Professional Council. She is also a member of Rotary International and the Rochester Public School Foundation Board of Directors.
"Karen's core values align with United Way, and she is passionate about changing our community for the better," said Jani Miller, United Way Board of Trustees chair. "Though she is new to our area, I have no doubt she will be a great leader and will lead our United Way and this community forward."
Mathison was chosen by the United Way Board of Trustees to replace Bill Kitson, former president & CEO, who left United Way of Greater Toledo for United Way of Greater Cleveland in May 2012.

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