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Our Team

Wendi Ames
Resource Development Manager
wendi@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Wendi’s experiences have always put her in capacity to bring people together.  She is thrilled to share her passions around community giving and tailor make workplace campaigns to meet the philanthropy goals of the companies she works with. Throughout her career she has lead and trained the organization of teams, facilitated community events, and created targeted marketing to increase revenue. Protecting the foundation of our lives of which we have we worked so very hard to build has been a cornerstone in her career and daily life. Wendi loves spending time outdoors with her family and enjoys all that Southeast Idaho has to offer.

 

Kevin Bailey
CEO
kevin@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389 

Kevin joined the United Way of Southeastern Idaho in February of 2019 as the CEO. He brings past experience in both the education and social impact sector both internationally and domestically having worked in both Uganda and Chile. Kevin moved to SE Idaho from Omaha, NE with his family. Prior to this role he directed federal grant programs related to college access for first-generation students and also directed community programs funded by the United Way in Omaha related to financial stability for adults. In his free time he and his family love exploring the national parks, hiking, biking, and getting outside into nature. On Saturdays in the fall, you can find Kevin avidly cheering on his Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team!

 

Margaret Ganyo
Director of Strategic Partnerships
margaret@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389 

Margaret previously served as Executive Director of the United Way of Southeastern Idaho from 2004-2018 and currently holds a new role focused on leveraging strategic partnerships statewide to improve early learning outcomes in our region. Prior to joining United Way, she led resource development with Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, helping PNHS secure Community Development Financial Institution status. Margaret practiced law and later served as the Director of Pro Bono Services with Utah Legal Services as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah School of Law.  Though she enjoyed helping clients achieve success through the practice of law, she came to United Way to be part of effecting long-lasting change leading to better lives for many people.  Little known fact about Margaret—she still harbors a great love for tater tot hotdish from her upbringing in Minnesota.

 

Rainbow Maldonado
Data & Communications VISTA
rainbow@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Rainbow joined our staff in early September 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer. 

 

Molly Olson
Community Investment & Engagement Manager
molly@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Molly is a native of Southeastern Idaho. She attended Idaho State University earning her degree in psychology. To add to her experience at ISU she participated in The Centennial Committee and The National Psychology Honor Society. Molly began working in her chosen field directly after graduation. For six years, she committed to and enjoyed helping those in need through her work.  Volunteering as a CASA advocate and an active member of The District 6 Mental Health Panel, Molly stayed involved in the community she served as a professional and shared as a member. Her next pursuit shifted her focus to operations management for a multi-faceted company with three locations whose reach crossed the border to Canada. In the five years Molly worked in an office setting, she developed policies and procedures to help expand business. When she isn’t working, she and her family enjoy going to a variety of community events, taking road trips, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Idaho.

 

Felice Otero
Director of imPACT East Idaho
felice@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Felice Otero is the Director of imPACT East Idaho.  Felice originally came to United Way in March of 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and joined the United Way of Southeastern Idaho as a full-time staff member in February of 2018.  Her prior work was in Higher Education in the Student Services sector, and includes experience at five different colleges and universities in Idaho, Massachusetts and Wisconsin in the areas of Admissions, Financial Aid, Orientation, First Year Experience, and Housing and Residential Life.  It is through this work that Felice found her passion for helping students transition through the college experience and gain their degrees.  This work continues at the United Way where she is coordinating collaborative efforts with other community leaders to increase our success across the Cradle to Career Continuum.  Felice holds a BA from Carroll University and a MA from Boston College.  In her spare time she likes to travel, read, hike, garden, and spend time with her feisty miniature schnauzer Pixie!