Longtime president, CEO leaving United Way of Acadiana

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Longtime Director of The United Way of Acadiana Margaret Trahan is taking a new job in the next few weeks.

Trahan, who provided visionary leadership to the organization for the past 23 years, has accepted a fundraising job with the Diocese of Lafayette.

Blue Rolfes, Director of Communications for the Diocese, says Trahan will serve as the Stewardship and Development Coordinator which is responsible for the management of donor information. 

“Joining the team at the Diocese of Lafayette is an incredible opportunity and one that meets both my personal and professional needs in this phase of my life. In stepping out of the CEO role, my new position will allow me more quality time with my growing family, while my work at the Diocese will tap into my skills and experiences in fundraising and volunteer mobilization,” says Trahan.

“My entire career has been focused on serving others. With this opportunity, I can continue to advance the common good and serve my Church at the same time. I call that a win-win.”

Trahan will remain at United Way of Acadiana until May 15th to assist with the transition before starting her role at the Diocese on May 27th.

An appointment of an interim CEO will ensure business as usual at UWA, until a permanent replacement is found.

Scott Domingue, UWA Board Chair, expresses his gratitude. “We are grateful for her years of leadership as she has helped to focus UWA work in education, financial stability and safety net services. She has also played a key role in developing our newly adopted strategic plan so we are well-positioned for the future.”

During her tenure, Trahan orchestrated a merger with the Volunteer Center of Lafayette and the establishment of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, co-founded Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (A-VOAD), led UWA in its transition to a community impact model and oversaw the expansion of Leader in Me in six parishes to 66 schools in the region.

Sarah Berthelot, President/CEO of Louisiana Association of United Ways, states, “During Margaret’s tenure, UWA has actualized more transformative advancements than one can count. United Way of Acadiana boldly serves our region largely due to Margaret’s leadership and long-time dedication.”

Bishop Douglas Deshotel reaffirms, “I am so happy to welcome Margaret Trahan to the Diocese. She is immensely qualified, very respected in our community and brings a wealth of experience to this position. Her talents will be most welcomed by all in the Diocese of Lafayette.”

Trahan characterizes her time at UWA as a very meaningful chapter in her life. “I have loved my time at UWA. I am grateful to the staff, board members, volunteers and donors with whom I have worked over the years. The board and staff are incredibly talented and have a solid vision for the future. With a strong strategic plan in place, this is the perfect time for me to make this change.”

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