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UW Staff Expertise Noted at Local, State and National Level

The expertise of United Way of Tarrant County staff leaders is being noted at the local, state and national level:
Brandon Booker, United Way Vice President of Finance and Controller, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Texas Society of CPAs. The award honors young Texas CPAs who are successful and respected for both business accomplishments and community involvement. Brandon is a FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) resource group member and has helped develop accounting guidance for United Ways throughout the country. He is Vice President of Communications for the Fort Worth Chapter of TSCPA and has helped revamp the chapter’s University Relations and Accounting Career Education Committees. He will be profiled in an issue of “Today’s CPA” magazine and honored at the TSCPA annual meeting in Santa Fe.

Cassie McQuitty, United Way Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, has been named a 2014 Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 honoree. The Business Press annually recognizes 40 men and women under age 40 who have made significant accomplishments in their career fields. Cassie oversees the United Way of Tarrant County Resource Development Division, including workplace campaigns, major gifts and grants, marketing and communications, social media and volunteer engagement. She joined the organization in 2007. Her leadership has contributed to United Way of Tarrant County being recognized in the top 10 percent of United Way organizations in the United States.

Vicki Mize, Director of United Way of Tarrant County’s 2-1-1 information and referral service, has been elected chair of the Accreditation Commission of the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems. AIRS is the professional association for more than 1,200 community information and referral providers, mostly in the United States and Canada. As Accreditation Commission chair, Vicki oversees a multi-phase accreditation process that assesses more than 200 operational components and culminates in a detailed onsite review of participating information and referral organizations. United Way of Tarrant County’s 2-1-1 has been accredited since 2003 and is one of more than 140 accredited I&R Services.

Don Smith, Community Development Division Vice President and Director of United Way’s Area Agency on Aging, has become part of the 11-member Evidence-Based Leadership Council. The California-based Council is working to form a permanent national network that supports programs proven to promote the health of older Americans and help them manage chronic health conditions. United Way of Tarrant County and its Area Agency on Aging support a dozen such evidence-based and evidence-informed programs, including a community health navigator program that will receive a national Aging Innovations Award next month at the annual conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.