United Way Staff

Francine DiCiano, President/CEO
fdiciano@uwaystan.org, Ext 1101
Francine started with United Way of Stanislaus County in 2007 after 10 years as the Executive Director of Parent Resource Center.  Francine oversees United Way of Stanislaus County in its entirety including workplace campaign, fundraising events, community impact and the transition United Way is making to align with that of Focus on Prevention.  This work allows Francine to interface with many in the community, which is why Francine loves what she does. For Francine, nonprofit work is the most rewarding and fulfilling career; whether you are answering the phones, producing financial statements or writing grants. At the end of the day, in this work we are improving lives.



Janet Jensen, Executive Assistant

jjensen@uwaystan.org, Ext 1106

Since 2004, Janet has worked her way from part-time Administrative Assistant in the Volunteer Center to Executive Assistant to President and CEO, Francine DiCiano. Janet’s daily responsibilities go far past her Executive Assistant duties- Janet works to support all United Way departments. She embraces the title of “office mom” and wears many hats.



Suzi Samuel, Finance Director
ssamuel@uwaystan.org, Ext 1107
As United Way of Stanislaus County’s Finance Director, Suzi has been providing financial guidance for the organization since 2017. She tracks all incoming and outgoing monies for United Way of Stanislaus County.




Jean Tang, Community Impact Manager

jtang@uwaystan.org, Ext 1111
Jean started her United Way of Stanislaus County journey in 2018 as the Administrative Assistant for Focus on Prevention. Jean provides direct administrative support to the President and CEO of United Way of Stanislaus County, Francine DiCiano. Now, Jean is leading the Build United program at United Way of Stanislaus County, read more about it here.





Brad de la Cruz, Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development
bdelacruz@uwaystan.org, Ext 1100
In 2019, Brad joined the United Way team as Vice President of Fund Development. He is responsible for championing United Way’s unique brand and long-standing relationships with campaign organizations, expanding funding partnerships, aligning investments, and leveraging resources to affect community impact objectives. Brad brings his experience as a strategic leader in fund development with organizations such as Sutter Health, Dignity Health, University of the Pacific, and Gallo Center for the Arts.   




Christine Baily, Fund Development Coordinatorcbaily@uwaystan.org, Ext 1108

Christine joined the United Way team in February of 2019 as the Fund Development Coordinator. She is responsible for event coordination and planning, as well as assisting with campaigns. She lives by the motto of “just ask” and is excited to be part of such a dynamic team whose purpose it is to positively impact the lives of others in Stanislaus County.





Hattie Pope, Campaign Director

hpope@uwaystan.org, Ext 1104
Since 1991, Campaign Director, Hattie Pope, has overseen all campaigns for United Way of Stanislaus County. Hattie organizes and makes presentations to employees at various companies and organizations in the Stanislaus County while also writing and keeping ongoing records of all the pledges as they come in. Find out more about campaign here and how to give here.





Amanda Toledo, Fund Development Analyst

atoledo@uwaystan.org, Ext 1116
In 2009 Amanda started working at United Way of Stanislaus County as a Volunteer Center Administrative Assistant.  In December of 2010 she became the Court Referral Program Coordinator in which she referred defendants to community service sites to fulfil their community service requirements.  When that program ended 2017, Amanda became the Campaign Database Specialist. She is responsible for managing the donor database which includes corporate campaigns and individual giving.





Linda Tagholm, 211 Program Manager

ltagholm@uwaystan.org, Ext 1115
Since 1996, Linda has worked on the 2-1-1-service referral system for United Way. As 211 Program Manager, Linda is responsible for the day to day operations of United Way of Stanislaus County 2-1-1 database, which includes answering and responding to requests for assistance via email or phone, reviewing call reports, editing, updating and verifying resource information, various monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, attending collaborative meetings, provide presentations, and participates in community outreach events to offer referrals and provide information about local services to individuals in the community. Learn more about 211 here.



Rachel Hernandez, Communication and Brand Manager

rhernandez@uwaystan.org, Ext 1109
Through her time at Modesto Junior College, then Stanislaus State for undergraduate and graduate school, Rachel has spent her time outside of school getting to know what makes Stanislaus County great. Her experience in non-profits to expand community engagement and programs has allowed her to be successful in communicating to the diverse people and organizations in the County and beyond. She loves to live by: “Be bold, yet humble” as it encompasses what it means to help drive change and equity in community. As a part of the United Way of Stanislaus County team, she is excited to help drive change and share that message with Stanislaus County.