Staff Leadership

Carole Leigh Hutton, President and CEO
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Carole Leigh was named President and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley in February 2008. Prior to joining United Way, Carole Leigh was vice president and executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News.  She had previously served as vice president of news for Knight Ridder, leaving when the company was sold in June 2006.  Earlier, she was publisher and editor of the Detroit Free Press, a former Knight Ridder newspaper in Detroit, Michigan.  Carole Leigh also has extensive experience in the non-profit arena, having actively served on the Board of Directors of seven organizations.  She was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Forum Board of Directors in Detroit and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. Carole Leigh, who has lived in San Jose since 2005, graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has participated in numerous professional development activities, including Community Leadership San Jose (Class XVIII).

Jane Le Fevre,  Vice President, Marketing & Communications
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Prior to joining United Way Silicon Valley in 2011, Jane drove positioning, branding, advertising, web marketing, lead generation, public relations and event management for a number of companies, including several enterprise software firms. Jane's involvement with United Way began decades ago in Jackson County, Oregon, where she served as marketing committee chair, two consecutive years as campaign chair, as well as on the Board of Directors. It was there that she became committed to United Way’s strategic effort to change community conditions by addressing the root causes of local problems. Jane attended the University of Michigan, where she studied business administration, and completed graduate-level studies in marketing communications at Stanford University.  She is a member of the American Marketing Association, a certified Toastmaster, and former president of the Harley Owners Group.

Jeffery L. Ogden, Vice President, Resource Development
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Jeff joined United Way Silicon Valley in March 2011, bringing with him almost 14 years of United Way Experience.  After serving 6 years in the US Navy, Jeff returned home to California to attend CSU Sacramento. He started his United Way career in Sacramento where he held various fundraising positions including Major Gifts Director and Vice President.  Jeff spent the five years prior to joining United Way Silicon Valley with United Way Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.  Jeff’s focus was to combine the efforts of Resource Development and Community Development.  Jeff oversaw the merger of the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada into United Way operations, including receiving multiple federal grants for volunteering. Jeff was instrumental in moving the organization forward in diversifying multiple revenue streams including its first $1 million grant.

Larry Olmstead, Vice President, Organizational Development
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Larry joined United Way Silicon Valley in March 2010 after running his own consulting firm for nearly four years, specializing in diversity, organizational change and leadership development. Previously, Larry worked for media giant Knight Ridder, and was vice president for the talent management function when the company was sold in 2006. Larry was managing editor of the Miami Herald and was a journalist for three other newspapers, including the New York Times, participating in three Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts. Larry has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including The YMCA of Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley FACES. He is a former co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, the first male to hold that post. Larry studied journalism and political science at George Washington University. He lives in San Jose.

Patrick Soricone, Vice President, Community Building & Impact
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Patrick Soricone has extensive experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, including three years as Executive Director of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Center in San Jose. He has had long associations with United Ways in Washington State, including Everett where he served as President/CEO for United Way of Snohomish County. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the transition to the Community Impact model, and managing several award-winning community impact initiatives. A native of Rochester, NY, he earned a BA Degree in Political Science from Hobart College and a Masters Degree in Administration & Planning from the School of Social Work at University of Washington.

Lordin Chalabi, Controller
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Lordin joined United Way Silicon Valley in 2004 as Senior Accountant, bringing more than two decades of experience in her field. In 2006, she was named Accounting Manager, and in 2010 was promoted to Director of Finance. Then in 2013, Lordin was named Controller and given responsibility for all of Finance and Donor Services. Prior to joining United Way, Lordin spent 12 years in the accounting department at Orchard Supply Hardware, including serving as senior accountant, where she supported 68 store managers and various corporate departments.

Maya Esparza, Director of 211 Santa Clara County
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Maya's non-profit background includes roles at the American Red Cross Silicon Valley, where she was vice president of community outreach and services and at the Second Harvest Food Bank, where she managed their countywide information and referral hotline. Maya also has served as board president of Latinas Contra Cancer and is a graduate of Los Altos LEAD. Her government experience includes five years working for Rep. Zoe Lofgren and as chief-of-staff to then-San Jose councilmember Nora Campos. She also has held jobs in marketing and public relations. Most recently she earned her Master’s in Public Administration from San Jose State University and serves on the board of Operation: Care and Comfort, a non-profit that provides assistance to military personnel and their families.  She lives in San Jose and is a graduate of Mills College.

Mark Tolley, Director, IT & Operations
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Mark Tolley joined United Way Silicon Valley as the Associate Director of Major Gifts in November 2003. He took over administration of the Information Technology department in April 2005 and was given the added oversight of United Way’s building with his promotion to Director of Operations in May 2007. Previously, Mark worked in the Major Gifts department of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati from 1999-2003. A native of Cincinnati, OH, he earned a BA in History from Swarthmore College in Philadelphia.

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