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 & Volunteer Coordinator 


As Resource & Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth provides resource and referral services to employees at their worksite and supports workplace and  community volunteer engagement. 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.


 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.     

 Molly McNamee

 Prosperity Programs Coordinator, VISTA position


As a 2017-2018 Americorps VISTA, Molly is dedicating this year to the fight to end poverty. She 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! She attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio before relocating to Brattleboro to work with UWWC. She has worked in Youth  Mental Health and Refugee Services in the past. In her free time, she keeps up with politics, enjoys Mocha Joe's coffee and is always on the lookout for dogs she can pet. 



 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 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.