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Sandoval named new United Way director

Date: 6/9/2010

Posted by Finney County United Way, Inc. on 6/9/2010


By MONICA SPRINGER

mspringer@gctelegram.com

 

June 4, 2010

Consuelo Sandoval has been named the new executive director of the Finney County United Way. 

Sandoval started her new position today and will attend a regional meeting in Dodge City with other area United Way executive directors. 

Sandoval call the job a “jewel” and said that serving as the executive director of Finney County United Way is a dream career for her. 

She added that she has big shoes to fill since Margaret Anderson, the previous executive director of United Way, retired earlier this year. Sandoval said she plans to learn as much as she can and also said she doesn’t plan to change the way the organization functions.   

Before starting at United Way, Sandoval worked at Commerce Bank as the director of  Hispanic Banking and as a financial representative. Prior to that, she worked for United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries as a community developer and director for Lifetime Smiles Project. 

She has lived in Garden City for more than 20 years. As a community developer at UMMAM, she helped people with social services and utilities. She said her time at Commerce Bank allowed her to learn financial skills that will help her with her new job at United Way. 

Finney County United Way is an organization that conducts a county-wide campaign to raise money for its numerous nonprofit agencies, which provide social services to children through senior citizens. The United Way focuses on three building blocks: education and helping youth and children achieve their potential; income, by promoting financial stability; and independence and improving people’s health. 

Sandoval said she is familiar with the United Way and its campaign because while working in social services in Garden City she worked for organizations that receive United Way funding. Also, she translated materials into Spanish and interpreted for the United Way as a volunteer. 

She said she understands that the economy is tight and many people are facing tough times, but the United Way fills a void in the community. 

“I think all the agencies that receive United Way money have compassion and have the resources to help people and empower them,” Sandoval said. 

Sandoval said she is excited to begin her new job.  

She was one of 16 people who applied for the job, said Phil Escareno, chairman of the United Way Board of Directors. 

A committee of six people, including United Way board members and members of the community, reviewed the applications and interviewed four people, Escareno said. 

He said that Sandoval was a good fit for the job because she was already familiar with the United Way and Finney County. 

“We’re excited about getting her on board,” Escareno said. “She’s a very outgoing person that we feel is going to be successful in filling the shoes of Margaret Anderson.” 

He added that Sandoval has time to get acclimated to the job before the United Way campaign kicks off in September. 

Sandoval and her husband, Steve, live in Garden City and have two children, Brandon, 14 and Allison, 6.