The United Way of Rutland County (UWRC), the largest non-governmental fundraiser for local services in the community, announced April 29 that its board of directors has appointed Ashley Bride as executive director. She replaces Caprice Hover who retired from her position at the beginning of the month.
The board of directors, through an executive search committee, began the search process starting in January and did a full review of the scope of responsibilities.
“Ashley is a wonderful and exciting choice for this position,” said Cathy Petrini, president of the board at UWRC. “She brings a lot of experience from her work as the former executive director of Fair Haven Concerned and has demonstrated her skills as a leader with a vast knowledge of the growing needs in our community.
Bride, a graduate of Castleton University, has experience working in the nonprofit sector. She became involved with UWRC in 2013 as a partner agency receiving funding and then in 2020 as a board member serving as a grantee partner. She has worked on successful fundraisers, and with community impact groups and the Vermont Community Foundation. Bride’s work will continue as she transitions to UWRC and remains dedicated focusing on the needs within the community and donor cultivation.
“As former executive director for Fair Haven Concerned, I know how vital UWRC is to the community and the agencies funded,” said Bride. “It is important that we continue to grow the resources available to the programs that address our community’s most pressing needs.”
“I am looking forward to getting to work with all of the partnering agencies in Rutland County.” Bride added.