United Way Staff

Francine DiCiano, President/CEO

Francine''s career in non-profit organizations began nearly 20 years ago as a volunteer fund raiser.  In 1999 she left a 20-year career in the medical field to lead fund raising efforts for the Parent Resource Center.  She was soon promoted to Executive Director and was in that position for 7 years.  In 2007 she accepted a position at United Way of Stanislaus County as Chief Operations Officer and became the Interim President/CEO in May of 2009. Soon after in March of 2010, she was named President/CEO. Francine graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration.  She is a member of Modesto North Rotary and was the 2010-11 club president. She is involved with many committees and collaborations throughout Stanislaus County. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two-year-old grandson and shoe shopping.

fdiciano@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 101

 

Estrella Garcia, Vice President, Community Impact & Program Development

Estrella was hired on as a Regional Advocacy Coordinator, working toward greater health coverage for local children and expanding the 211 Call Center. Having the ability to directly influence the impact of United Way throughout our community in an effective and collaborative way is the most exciting part of her work. She strives to look for new ways to improve education, income and health in her role at United Way of Stanislauhas County. She has a BA in Psychology, a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Social work. Her most recent accomplishment is earning her motorcycle license. You may spot her zipping through town on her Harley. Steer clear!

egarcia@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 112

 

Hattie Pope, Director of Campaign

Hattie Pope has been driving strong work place campaigns throughout Stanislaus County since 1991 when she began helping United Way earn the support of local people in the business community. She loves people and is proud of her work with United Way, helping people help people. She continues to be as excited today as she was 20+ years ago when a campaign does well, knowing every dollar donated impacts lives. She works hard to get funding for critical programs in our community and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and her church family. She is a member of the Women's Auxiliary, a Modesto Community Connection. Note: We appreciate the wisdom, experience and kindness she brings to United Way but we've noticed she'll lose that kindess quick and pick up some serious attitude if you accidentally call Hattie "Patty."

hpope@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 104

 

Sarah Jamieson, Vice President, Fund Development

Sarah joined us in August of 2013 as United Way's Campaign Associate (which means "hard-working, always agreeable, workplace campaign cheerleader" in Latin). During the Spring of 2014, Sarah began to absorb more event duties and helped steer United Way to win the award for "Best Nonprofit" float at the Modesto Independence Day Parade! In addition to runing workplace campaigns and managing special events, Sarah enjoys meeting new people in the community and sharing her love for non profits and the good work they do for people in need. Born and raised in Stanislaus County, Sarah has a strong desire to make life here wonderful for those of us who love this community. She loves reading, witty banter and using her vacation days to travel. She has a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from CSU Stanislaus.

sjamieson@uwaystan.org or (209) 523-4562 Ext. 124

 

Linda Tagholm, 2-1-1 Program Manager

Linda has been with United Way of Stanislaus County since 1995 and came to us through a training program through the Private Industry Council.  She was hired as an Information & Referral Specialist and is currently the 2-1-1 Program Manager.  As Program Manager Linda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Stanislaus County 2-1-1 Program.  With more than 15 years of experience, she has helped thousands find the help they need and has been the ear to listen to their needs.  Linda "would love to see the community become more involved in the work of United Way to make this a better community for all of us to live in." Fun fact: On pot luck days at United Way, Linda morphs into Julia Child, taking over the kitchen to create masterfully delicious dishes.

ltagholm@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 115

 

Janet Jensen, Executive Assistant

J.J. began working for the United Way in the Volunteer Center in September 2004 as a part-time Administrative Assistant to the Stanislaus County Volunteer Services Coordinator. In time, she was promoted (after winning a fist fight in the back parking lot) to the Volunteer Coordinator position.  In 2010, the program was eliminated so Janet was asked to take on the position of Executive Assistant to CEO/President, Francine DiCiano. She's always loved being a part of United Way, the work we do and the lives we touch. The most important thing in her life is her family and friends and she says, "I'm so proud to call my United Way co-workers family." We are just glad she's willing to claim us!

jjensen@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 110

 

Amanda Toledo, Volunteer Center, CRP Coordinator

Amanda has been employed with United Way since 2008. She started as a volunteer and was soon hired on as the Administrative Assistant to the Volunteer Services Coordinator, placing volunteers in various positions at local non profits.  In 2010 the Volunteer Center started a Court Referral Program (CRP) placing court-ordered community service defendants at sites throughout the County.  Amanda coordinates the Court Referral Program and enjoys working with the Stanislaus County Probation Department. She also looks forward to connecting people with volunteer opportunities and assisting agencies in finding volunteer help to serve throughout the community. Amanda is the only staff member with pets in her office. Her two fish, "Giggles" and "Steve's Brother Joe" keep her company. And although Amanda does very well in the Volunteer Center and Court Referral Department, she doesn't measure up in the height department. But Giggles and Steve's Brother Joe are significantly smaller than Amanda. We are glad they make her feel like a big girl.

atoledo@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 116

 

Frances Bernal-Ramirez, 2-1-1 Outreach

Frances started working at United Way of Stanislaus County in 2000 and was hired on as our Campaign Secretary.  She came to United Way through a job fair when after deciding she was ready to leave her work at a law office.  Through the years here at United Way, she has changed positions faster than a lady changes purses but has mainly worked as a Referral Specialist, helping people find the services they need and working with the Campaign department. Frances is bilingual which is a gift that is greatly appreciated in our field. Working at United Way makes her feel good and excited about working with great staff and knowing that we all have the same goal in common: to reach out and help our Community. She is great at helping people get health coverage, promoting the 211 Call Center- connecting poeple who are struggling with hundreds of health and human services in our community and she's great at giving fashion advice.  Frances is married with three children.  Most of her time is spent taking care of her 4 year old.  Time well spent!  

fbernal-ramirez@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 Ext. 120

 

Cory Brown, Health Initiative and Community Grants Coordinator

Cory Brown joined United Way of Stanislaus County in December 2014. He learned the values of community service and nonprofit work as a child and knew from an early age that he would find his way to an organization like United Way. His work history includes working with refugee families, marginalized communities and assisting children on the autistic spectrum. His education includes a BA in International Relations from San Diego State University and he is currently working on a MPA in Public Administration. Cory loves to learn and has quickly become the resident resercher. "When in doubt, research it out," must be Cory's mantra! His vision for the future is to see a day when everyone has equal access to a healthy diet, good nutrition and opportunities to succeed in life. We are pretty sure he's going to fit like a glove!

cbrown@uwaystan.org or (209)523-4562 ext. 108