Ex-CEO of local United Way has heart condition


Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:51 p.m.

Karen Bricklemyer, the longtime president and CEO of United Way of North Central Florida who since 2011 has led the United Way in Omaha, Nebraska, has been hospitalized with a serious heart condition since Tuesday at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, according to United Way officials.

During her tenure in Gainesville, Bricklemyer directed the local United Way for eight years, starting in her role locally in 2003.

In her time here, Bricklemyer is credited with developing 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.

Prior to her years in Gainesville, Bricklemyer was senior vice president and chief development officer for the United Way of Greater Portland, Maine.

Debbie Mason is currently CEO and president of United Way of North Central Florida.

Though Bricklemyer's family is requesting privacy, cards and emails are welcome, United Way officials said. Send cards to United Way at 1805 Harney St., Omaha, 68102 or emails to Glenda Land at gland@uwmidlands.org.

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