UHC Welcomes a New Executive Director

To Our Esteemed Partners:

We are pleased to announce that Diane Cilento has accepted the position as Executive Director of United Housing Connections. Diane’s hire comes after an exhaustive search by a committee composed of both UHC board members and representatives of our partner organizations.  We are fortunate to have found her. She brings proven skills to UHC which complement the talents already within our doors. Equally as important, she joins UHC with a pure commitment to our mission.

Diane is an experienced executive with an MBA in Management and a proven track record in the non-profit human services sector. She has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of a progressive human services agency with an annual budget of approximately $12 million and 100+ staff.

She has served as the Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit supportive housing development and management agency where she was responsible for annual operating budgets totaling more than $6 million.

As both CEO and COO, she was directly responsible for both organizations’ social service programs and was the driving force for the development and standardization of service delivery/models.  Here is her professional profile.

Over the past months, as we conducted our search, UHC has not only held steady but has advanced and expanded our service to the homeless.   Under the interim leadership of Rick Ingram, UHC has continued to turn obstacles into advantages. We are well positioned both to serve and to lead.

Our shared continuum of care for the homeless has evolved because all of its constituent partners have evolved and grown in size and expertise. How we apply ourselves together to solve the problem of homelessness in the most effective manner is our challenge from here forward. How do we coordinate our efforts? How do we each apply our expertise? How can the whole be greater than the sum of its parts? These are the questions that our leadership will help frame, answer and realize.

This is an exciting time to be doing what we’re doing. UHC and our partners have matured as organizations and new opportunities to serve present themselves. Diane brings the vision to identify these new opportunities and the experience to collaborate in ways that yield their greatest promise. Her first day will be December 15. Please join us in welcoming her.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of United Housing Connections,

Jack Read,  Board President

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