Carmen Derby

 Executive Director


Relationship builder and community ambassador. I love being able to brainstorm new solutions to community issues and finding new ways to engage with community members.

I am a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and dedicated Vermonter. I like to cook, bake, and spend time with friends and family. 



 Stephanie Gale Maynard

 Director of Development and Community Investment


Stephanie recently joined the UWWC team as Director of Development & Community Investment. Her newly formed position combines her work experience in nonprofit development and communications and her passion of community building into one! 
Stephanie resides right over the border in MA with her husband and two children, but they are very fond of Vermont and anticipate moving to Vermont ASAP! Some of Stephanie’s favorite activities include: photography, swimming in the river, hiking, camping, and basically anything local, social, and outdoors! 

Ruben Garza 

Development and Community Investment Associate 

Ruben believes that a healthy community is one that delivers on its promise to support, enrich, and provide opportunity to the lives of all its members, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation. He believes that active participation is required by all community members to uphold and protect its shared values. Ruben strives to lead by example; he employs his use of free time volunteering and engaging the community as a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor and board member and supporting local arts and artists.  
Ruben moved to Brattleboro, Vermont from Laredo, Texas in 2015 with his wife (Chamois), cat (Margot) and dog (Kiwi). Ruben’s favorite Vermont past times are swimming in the Summer, generally being terrified of winter driving, and leaf peeping in the Autumn. You may catch Ruben walking around the downtown area shopping at his favorite record store, playing basketball in the Parks and Rec league, and attending theatre performances throughout the year.

 Kara Orfanidis

 Office Manager


Kara Orfanidis joined the United Way staff in 2011 and serves as Office Manager.  Originally hired to track donations and maintain the donor data base, she now supports all aspects of office management, providing administrative and campaign support to the Executive Director and the Development and  Community Relations Director, as well as support to the board of directors, which includes maintaining coporate records and all correspondence with  members of the board.   
By default, Kara is known as our unofficial IT Specialist and the go-to person for help with technical issues.   Other aspects of her position include coordination of the Mother’s Day Rose sale and providing support to the VITA program and other UWWC initiatives.  
Kara was born and raised in Windham County and cares deeply about the community she’s grown up to love.   Kara currently resides in Brattleboro with her son and enjoys spending time and sharing a laugh with family and friends.     


 Cody Chase

 Prosperity Programs Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA 

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As a 2018-2019 Americorps VISTA, Cody is dedicating this year to the fight to end poverty. He works towards capacity building for the United Way of Windham County, assisting with organizational growth and implementation of programs such as the Kids in Coats Fund, MyFreeTaxes, Out of Schooltime  Meals, and more! He recently graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine before relocating to Brattleboro to work with UWWC. In the past he has spent time working with children, and greatly appreciates the value of working with the community. In his free time you could probably catch him scouting for neat nature spots, or searching for a new local food spot to try.