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. 




Elizabeth Raposa

Resource Coordinator 


As Resource Coordinator, Elizabeth provides resource and referral services to employees at their worksite. She also facilitates financial wellness programs and offers individualized financial coaching at the workplace. Elizabeth sees her current role as one strategy to strengthen Windham County’s economic base by helping employees manage non-work related issues that may impact their work life. 
Elizabeth brings over 40 years of direct service and leadership experience from both the non-profit and for-profit worlds to her current role.  Her previous roles include organizational and financial management, program development, human resources management, consulting, and small business development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Keene State College and Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. Elizabeth lives in Brattleboro where she also operates a quilting business when she is not hiking or kayaking with her family.

Kate John

Office Administrator


Kate John currently serves as Office Administrator at UWWC.  She joined the staff in January 2009.  After a 27-year career in banking, she welcomed a complete change to the non profit sector. She was originally hired to help coordinate and expand the VITA tax program. Later in 2009, after a reorganization of staff, she took on additional responsibilities providing administrative and office management support to the Executive Director and the office.
Working a part-time schedule allows her to spend time doing what she loves most-- tending her flower gardens, baking and spending time with friends and family. She resides in Brattleboro with her husband Rick, where together they raised a son and daughter.  She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren who live in Brattleboro as well. 

Kara Orfanidis

Administrative Assistant


Kara Orfanidis joined the United Way staff in 2011 and serves as Administrative Assistant.  Originally hired to track donations and maintain the donor data base, she has now assumed additional responsibilities that include supporting all aspects of office management and providing administrative support to the Executive Director.  
As a result of some staff changes, Kara now provides support to the board of directors, which includes maintaining the corporate 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.     

Sue Graff

Community Impact Director


As Director of Community Investments, Sue oversees the community impact work of UWWC, including our HOPE Team of volunteers, addressing health, opportunity, education, and health issues in Windham County. In her role, she provides oversight to the community impact grant process, working with area nonprofit organizations who seek and receive funding. Sue represents UWWC at many coalitions, including the Southern Windham Continuum of Care (housing & homelessness), Hunger Council of the Windham Region, Patch Team in Windham Northeast, and is Co-Chair of the Southeastern Vermont Building Bright Futures regional council (early childhood). She also convenes the bi-monthly United @Work Employer Workgroup.
A certified Results-Based Accountability trainer, Sue has also provided RBA training statewide as part of Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, a federally-funded two-year project. Sue has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and moved to Vermont in 2005 from Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. Her 20+ years in the nonprofit sector has included development, program coordination, volunteer management, and consulting work. When she is not attending or facilitating meetings, she enjoys spending time with friends, her cat and guinea pig, and a good laugh with her family.  

Taylor Knoop

Development & Community Relations Director


Taylor Knoop is the Development and Community Relations Director at United Way of Windham County. Taylor oversees the annual workplace campaigns and relationships with individual donors and business partners. Believing that all persons have something to give and something to receive, Taylor sees her role as one of a social connector, linking resources, skills, and interests to areas of need and growth. 

Originally from Rhode Island, Taylor attended The College of Wooster in Ohio. She loves this area of Vermont for its community, natural beauty and close proximity to family and friends.  



Victoria Chertok 

Volunteer Engagement Manager


Victoria implements and manages the volunteer engagement strategy at UWWC and manages the volunteer portal: Get Connected Windham County where she connects over 450 volunteers with meaningful volunteer opportunities.  She oversees the annual Day of Caring which is the largest day of volunteerism in the County each year.   
Victoria is a graduate of Bucknell University and received a master’s degree from the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute).  She lives in Southern Vermont with her two sons.