Lisa Wright, M.Div., CFRE President & Chief Executive Officer In March 2016, Lisa Wright was appointed as President and CEO. Prior to joining United Way of the Inland Valleys, Lisa was the Executive Director of Philanthropy for Loma Linda University Health and Vice President of Development for two human service organizations in Southern California. Lisa has lived in the Inland Valleys community for 13 years and is passionate about this community. She attained a Bachelor of Science in Business / Accounting from the University of Arizona, a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology and is working towards a PhD in Ethics at Claremont School of Theology. A dedicated member of the community, she also serves on local committee and boards that further her interest in building a healthy, safe, and prosperous community to live and work for all. She loves that no matter one’s income, United Way allows anyone to become a change agent through their philanthropy.
Gail Ousley Chief Operating Officer firstname.lastname@example.org 951-697-4700
Gail Ousley is our Chief Operating Officer. She leads and manages Operations and serves as our resident HR expert. She has been with our United Way for six years and has been with many other United Ways during her 35 year career as a United Way professional. She has had many roles during her career including Senior VP of Resource Development & Marketing, VP of Community Impact and Executive Director of a smaller United Way.
Kimberly Starrs Chief Development Officer email@example.com 951-697-4700
Kimberly has worked in the United Way system for more than a decade, and brings both development and program experience to her position. Her background is in music; she studied vocal performance at the University of Redlands (Go Bulldogs!) and begins course work towards her MBA this spring. Kimberly is proud to serve on the board of directors for the Inland Empire Chapter of AFP and as the mentorship chair for the chapter. The driving passion behind her work is twofold: her belief that everyone deserves a good life, and her desire to make our world and community a wonderful place for her two young children.
Cordell Thomas, MBA Chief Impact Officer
Cordell Thomas joined the United Way of the Inland Valley team in January 2017. Prior to joining UWIV, Cordell was the Executive Director for AXIS Foundation, Inc. Cordell has lived in the Inland Valleys community for 12 years and loves the community and its role in the Southern California economy.
Cordell has a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology via Andrews University and a Masters in Business Administration via the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Cordell enjoys teaching music labs and providing youth financial literacy information. He looks forward to participating in the initiatives that support community development and economic growth.
Irene Caldera Corporate Relations Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 951-697-4700
Irene Caldera has been in development at United Way for the past three years. She loves helping people, and she gets a chance to do it by working at United Way. Irene believes everyone deserves the same opportunities. Irene is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in early child education at National University. After graduating high school she joined the Air Force and was stationed in Las Vegas NV where she lived for twenty years before moving back to the Inland Valleys.
Anthony Richardson Senior Development Officer email@example.com 951-697-4710
Norma Sanchez Corporate Relations Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 951-697-4700
Norma Sanchez has worked for United Way of the Inland Valleys in Resource Development for the past eight years. She is also co-owner of SanAco Electronic Sales, a printed circuit board sales firm. Norma is State Certified in Human Services and has been working in this field for over 30, working in Los Angeles and Riverside County. She and her husband Gabriel are empty nesters with two adult children thriving on their own. She has lived in Riverside County for the past 27 years. Norma's best things in life are family, friends and her work.
Jennifer Thornton Program Manager email@example.com 951-697-4700
Jennifer Thornton is extremely passionate about the success, happiness, and health of the children in our local communities. This desire led her to pursue higher education, graduating cum laude from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. This is her second year with United Way of the Inland Valleys. She enjoys what she does and loves the people she works with. Jennifer has two teenage children that she spends most of her time with outside of work.