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United Way of Rutland County welcomes new Community Impact Director Jane Rodd

RUTLAND — Community Impact is a process by which United Ways around Vermont and across the country identify community needs, invest resources and evaluate specific programs to ensure they creating lasting change on the community level.  Local people with expertise in United Way’s focus areas of Health, Education and Income make choices about local priorities in those areas after careful conversation with each other and evaluation of local data.  United Way of Rutland County’s current partner agencies and potential new partners in the community submit proposals for initiatives to address those priorities and with the approval of United Way of Rutland County’s Board of Directors, the committees of experts choose strategic investments of the monies available.

The Community Impact Director develops, implements, and evaluates the community investment process, community service programs, and special initiatives offered through the United Way of Rutland County while working towards achieving long-lasting, meaningful community change.

Jane Rodd holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from SUNY Albany.  Her work history includes time as faculty member and head of department at colleges in the United Kingdom, manager of commercial enterprise, and Director of Education for a New York non-profit. Rodd and her husband moved to Vermont when she accepted a position at the Green Mountain Horse Association as Executive Director.

Jane Rodd, who grew up in rural England, has been a volunteer and a board member for numerous charities in England, and now in the U.S.  Says Rodd, “I am very excited to take up the challenge of Director of Community Impact with the United Way of Rutland County. I feel it is a wonderful fit; I can use my professional skills (which include education, program evaluation, fundraising and grant writing) to contribute to a mission I am passionate about in a state I have come to love.”

Jane Rodd and her husband Andrew live in South Reading, along with their horses, Labradors, cat and chickens.

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