The United Way of Oxford Ohio and Vicinity has a new leader.
Edlin Maldonado-Fuller, who hails from Texas, moved into the agency’s executive director position Feb. 27, the day before the organization’s annual meeting, but her background with social work-related agencies will give her a short learning curve.
“Texas was what I knew. I’m taking time to learn how things work in Ohio and how it affects services,” she said, citing the example of Texas not using income taxes as Ohio does.
She succeeds Brian Revalee as director of the United Way and comes in after a shift which saw the director’s time and focus change and the hiring of another part-time position as Community Impact Coordinator.
She has seen social service agency work from both sides working in both child welfare and mental health centers as well as for a funder which raises money for such agencies, a valuable asset in her current role, she said.
“I expect that (experience) will be a help with the United Way of Oxford, both as a way for raising money and for saving money,” she said.
Maldonado-Fuller said she sees her new role as helping facilitate more understanding and cooperation among people in the community committed to helping others.
“I’m very, very excited. I was part of an initiative in Texas all about working with funded agencies to identify programs they could work on together,” she said.
She said she looks forward to that work in the Oxford community.
“It seems like everybody knows each other. I’m excited to be part of a community where people are committed,” she said.
She invites anyone to contact her with ideas or thoughts on the social services in Oxford.
“I am open to hearing from people about ideas for the community. If we want to have an impact on the community, we have to hear from the community,” Maldonado-Fuller said.
Maldonado-Fuller and her husband, Justin Fuller, live in the Wyoming area of Cincinnati. He works as a computer engineer for Northrup-Grumman. They are expecting their first child in May.