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Capital Area United Way CEO resigns

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Posted: May 3, 2012 5:40 PM
Updated: May 3, 2012 5:40 PM
Source: WBRZ NEWS

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BATON ROUGE - Capital Area United Way today announced the resignation of Karen Profita, CEO.

Profita, who has led the agency for the past 3 ½ years and guided it through a dramatic change in scope, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

"Over the past few years Karen helped us to rebuild the public perception of United Way and was instrumental in helping to reverse a downward trend in fundraising. She has represented us well with the public and our donors during this time" according to Tobie Craig of CAUW.

Profita will be replaced in the interim by J. Richard Williams. Williams spent 34 years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana until his retirement as Senior Vice President in 2008.

During his last five years he served as President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation where he was responsible for community relations and the organization's philanthropic programs.

"This is a wonderful organization," Williams said. "I welcome the opportunity to pitch in to ensure that United Way continues to positively impact lives in the ten-parish area until a permanent CEO is hired. The first thing I want to do is to assure all of our partner agencies that the allocations, approved by the board of directors at the April 20th board meeting will be carried out without interruption."

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