United Way of TC names new executive director

Rosemary Caso, branch Executive Director of the YMCA, has been named Executive Director of United Way of Tulare County.

Caso began her new job on Jan. 2, taking over from Exeter’s own Ernie Hernandez, who served as executive director for 26 years.

Caso brings to the position nine years in early childhood development and program management. As executive director for the YMCA, Caso was responsible for fundraising, strategic planning, grant writing, human resources and staff development. During her tenure, the YMCA had 80 employees, over 1,300 program participants and a budget of $4 million.

Caso, a native of Tulare, holds an undergraduate degree in childhood development from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  She is a member of the Visalia Rotary Club, the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force and the Hispanic Roundtable, and serves as president of the Tulare County Child Care Planning Council.

“Rosemary brings many valuable local connections through her years with the Y, and experience and training in mentorship, collaboration and management,” said United Way board chair Samantha Rummage-Mathias. “We are pleased to find someone who truly knows our area and can continue the great work of our United Way.”

Caso said she decided to apply for the position “because opportunities like this don¹t come along very often.”

“I¹m looking forward to exploring how the United Way can expand its services

and support of local programs,” Caso continued. “I would like to put my training to work with new non-profits to help them gain the tools to become successful and sustainable. I¹m also excited about opportunities for enhanced fundraising. I exceeded fundraising goals every year for the Visalia branch of the YMCA.”

Hernandez announced his retirement from United Way of Tulare County on Aug. 13.

United Way of Tulare County partners with community volunteers and other supporters in prioritizing needs, raising resources, and funding organizations in order to provide effective support and solutions for meeting the needs of individuals throughout Tulare County.

The organization’s mission is to strengthen communities, with programs and services such as 2-1-1 (a toll-free resource and referral service), the College Access Initiative, direct support through food and shelter, non-profit leadership development, the Community Building Initiative and targeted projects such as the Ag Worker Health Initiative and the Homeless Prevention Program

For information on United Way programs, call 685-1766 or visit unitedwaytc.org.

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