STAFF

Carmen Derby

Executive Director

carmen[at]unitedwaywindham.org

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. 

 

 

Ruben Garza 

Director of Development and Community Impact

 ruben[at]unitedwaywindham.org
 
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. 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[at]unitedwaywindham.org

Kara Orfanidis joined the United Way staff in 2011 and serves as Office Manager.  Originally hired to track donations and maintain the donor database, she now supports all aspects of office management, providing administrative and campaign support to the Executive Director and the Development and  Community Impact Director, as well as support to the board of directors, which includes maintaining 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.     
 

 

Cody Chase

Prosperity Programs Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA 

vista [at] unitedwaywindham.org

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.