CEO of local United way moving to job in Nebraska

Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:32 p.m.

Karen Bricklemyer, president and chief executive officer of United Way of North Central Florida, has announced her resignation effective Feb. 28.

Bricklemyer, who assumed leadership of the Gainesville nonprofit organization in 2003, has accepted a similar position in Omaha, Neb.

She will be CEO of United Way of the Midlands, succeeding that group's current president, Michael J. McLarney, when he retires in March.

“Omaha's is a much larger United Way, probably 40th in the country, with very committed donors,” Bricklemyer said. “This is an enormous opportunity for me professionally.”

Carolyn Lukert, vice chair of the board for United Way of North Central Florida, said Tuesday, “While Karen will be sorely missed, we will be able to move forward seamlessly without her as a result of her excellent leadership and strong relationship with her staff and the board.”

Lukert added that Bricklemyer leaves behind an organization with a clear strategic direction and specific milestones by which to target performance.

In her tenure in Gainesville, Bricklemyer developed programs targeting children's issues, education and reducing poverty. Fundraising campaign revenue increased by 32 percent during a five-year period under her leadership, according to the United Way.

The board of directors will convene a search committee to seek her successor.

Bricklemyer said her successor will need to be a skillful fundraiser “with a proven track record for building relationships in the community.”

Debbie Mason, UWNCF vice president of development and impact, will serve as interim CEO.

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