Greg Westbrook, Chairman of the Board announced today Victoria County United Way has named Dolly Stokes the permanent Executive Director.
Westbrook said “this year, United Way is especially vital to help people affected by the economic changes in our area. Dolly is working closely with the many volunteers, the 17 partner agencies and the Campaign Cabinet, led by Dale Jones, Executive Vice-President, klean corporation international, to help make a difference.”
When Clifford Grimes, former Executive Director, resigned in September to accept the chief executive position with United Way of Southwest Alabama, the Board selected Dolly as interim director and conducted a national search for the permanent position.
“There were a number of qualified applicants”, said Jennifer Yancey, Vice President of College Advancement and External Affairs at Victoria College and Chair of the Search Committee. “Dolly’s United Way experience, leadership roles in business, and high energy made for a great fit with Victoria County United Way.”
A University of Texas-Austin graduate with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration, Dolly held leadership positions with Entergy, the electric utility company in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, heading customer service for Entergy-Texas before leading company-wide functions. Her United Way experience includes an internship during graduate school at a Dallas United Way social service agency and working in the City of Dallas’ Human Development Department. She also served on the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County’s Campaign Cabinet, chaired the Large Industrial Division and led Entergy’s Campaign throughout Arkansas.
“It is so moving to see how volunteers can and do improve the lives of people in our community, whether it’s a senior citizen needing a meal, a mother and children fleeing an unsafe home or the many other ways lives are improved by VCUW working with the 17 partner agencies” Dolly said. She noted a good change has been more individuals making personal contributions to VCUW allowing resources to be leveraged even more.
She is on the Board of Directors of Victoria Preservation, Inc., Victoria Symphony and Victoria Bach Festival. She and her husband Jim moved to Victoria from New Orleans due to his family’s deep roots in Victoria County and family nearby in Austin and Houston.