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Salazar takes United Way reins

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EAGLE COUNTY — United Way of Eagle River Valley's new president Rhonda Salazar, of Gypsum, will bring her more than 40 years of Eagle County residency into play for the benefit of local charities who receive financial support from United Way.

Residential, Professional Experience

Pointing to both her residential and professional experience in the valley, Salazar said her goal is to lead the United Way board toward more measurable and long-lasting results, befitting a successful local grant-making organization of more than 20 years.

Main Aims

Salazar said United Way of Eagle River Valley is impacting local's lives through its allocation of more than $250,000 in annual grants, which positively affect income stability, education and health. However, she added, one of her main aims will be to encourage increased cooperation between agencies, especially where their services might overlap. In today's economic situation, when budgets are closely scrutinized, collaboration will be the key to moving forward, Salazar said. With that in mind, Salazar brought more than 20 agencies together at a recent social event where they could share experiences and investigate similar responses.

Paying Tribute

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Heading a committed board of directors and team of all-important volunteers makes her role easier, paying tribute to her immediate United Way of Eagle River Valley predecessor, John Genova, Salazar noted.

History of Helping Others

Salazar is lead collections investigator for Colorado's Fifth Judicial District. She is a Colorado native and a graduate of Colorado Mountain College and Regis University with degrees in psychology and business. Salazar has a history of helping others through diverse experiences such as directing a mentoring program in Eagle County, developing a recognized Adult Protection Team for Delta Human Services and successfully serving as an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Accomplished Soprano

She is also an accomplished soprano, performing with the local Mount Harmony Chorale and at Trinity Baptist Church in Edwards.