Posted on March 11, 2014 08:32
United Way Blackhawk Region 2013 Board Chairman Dan Piché has announced that the local nonprofit organization has initiated a search for a new president. Current President Steve Kinkade has informed the board of his intention to retire after a more than 40-year career with the United Way, including the past 15 years in the top leadership role with the local organization.
“We are in the process of developing a strategic plan to guide the organization for the next five years and Steve Kinkade will assist the board in finalizing this vital plan for the organization’s future,” Piché said. “We are fortunate to have someone with Steve’s extensive United Way experience to assist with the development of this strategic plan.”
“The president is responsible for the overall operation and management of the local United Way organization and charged with the implementation of the strategic plan,” Piché said. “We are confident we will find someone with successful leadership experience, preferably within a United Way or other volunteer-led nonprofit organization.”
Piché said the date for Kinkade’s retirement has not been determined and that Kinkade has agreed to continue to lead the local United Way through the transition process to ensure consistency in operations.
Kinkade began his career with the United Way in 1971 in Green Bay, Wis. Following positions with the United Way in Appleton, Wisconsin and 11 years as executive director of the United Way in Quincy, Illinois, Kinkade was named executive director of the Beloit-based Stateline United Way in 1999. He became president of United Way Blackhawk Region following the unification of the Stateline United Way with the Janesville-based United Way of North Rock County in July 2012.
“The most rewarding aspect of a career in the United Way is the opportunity to interact with the kind of people you meet who are dedicated to serving their communities,” Kinkade said. “The ultimate goal is to build a better community and enhance the quality of life for all.”
Lynn Gardinier, 2014 United Way Blackhawk Region board chairwoman, expressed confidence that the organization would remain strong through this transition in leadership.
“We thank Steve for his leadership through the unification process and we are confident he will retire with a strong organization and five-year plan in place,” Gardinier said.
The United Way Blackhawk Region supports health and human services programs in all of Rock County, Wisconsin and a portion of northern Winnebago County Illinois. The United Way board of directors has approved $1.95 million in allocations in 2014 to support 101 local programs.