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Bartlesville Regional United Way Announces New President & CEO

Lisa Cary brings years of experience in human services advocacy to the position

The Bartlesville Regional United Way, a local nonprofit that focuses on building lives in the areas of education, income, and health, has announced Lisa Cary as its new President & CEO. Cary will begin her role at Bartlesville Regional United Way on November 3, 2016.

No stranger to advocacy, public wellness, and community service, Cary has served as a child welfare specialist and director for the past 21 years at the Department of Human Services since 1997, most recently as child welfare district director, district 11 of Oklahoma. 

“Bringing Lisa on as our new President & CEO speaks volumes,” said Sara Freeman, business development coordinator at Truity Credit Union and board chair of the Bartlesville Regional United Way. “Lisa’s background and leadership experience are held in high regard, and we are eager for her to get acclimated to the United Way and our partner agencies.”

A graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Cary began her career working as a child welfare specialist before moving to a child welfare supervisor for the Department of Human Services, Washington County, Oklahoma where she managed and directed programs such as foster care and independent living.  Cary serves on the advisory committee for the Bartlesville Public Schools Gifted and Talented Students along with serving on the board for the Ray of Hope Advocacy Center.

“I look forward to this opportunity and moving into a new career path,” Cary said. “As a longtime human service specialist, the chance to help secure much-needed resources and advocate for the importance of all nonprofits is something that I am extremely passionate about. I have loved my time working for the Department of Human Services and getting an opportunity to help make our community stronger, and I am thrilled that I get to bring my experience and knowledge in a new capacity with the Bartlesville Regional United Way.”