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

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

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

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

Anthony rejoined the United Way system with United Way of the Inland Valleys in July 2017, having previously worked as the 2-1-1 & Response Director for United Way of Fresno County. Anthony has over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector developing and implementing community engagement programs while specializing in volunteer administration. His career includes working with the County of Riverside, the American Red Cross, a local volunteer center, and he is an alumnus of the AmeriCorps program. Additionally, he has successfully solicited funding for projects and programs and spent time as a workplace campaign coordinator, raising funds for local charities. He has received numerous awards locally and nationally for his volunteer service, professional expertise in volunteer administration, and program development. He previously served as a Board Member with the National Association of Volunteer Program in Local Government (NAVPLG) and is currently on the Marketing Committee with the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). When not building engaged communities, you may hear his voice as he is also a voice actor, singer, and occasional stage actor. As an Inland Empire native, Anthony is excited to continue serving in his community inspiring people to share their philanthropic hearts to meet community needs.











Norma Sanchez
Corporate Relations Specialist

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

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.