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United Way of Greater Niagara names new president

WHEATFIELD - Connie S. Brown, who has served as interim president of the United Way of Greater Niagara for the past six months, has been named the permanent president, the organization announced Saturday.

Brown, a Niagara Falls native, takes over for Carol G. Houwaart-Diez,  who resigned this summer to join the United Way in Martin County, Fla.

Brown worked 25 years at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, where she was executive director and CEO from 2000 to 2013. After leaving that agency, she became an adjunct education professor at Niagara University, the administrator of shared services for the Sisters of St. Francis from September 2014 to April 2015, and the executive director of Niagara Head Start from April 2015 to June 2015. Brown also consulted for the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara just before accepting the interim position with the United Way.

She holds a master's degree in counseling and human services from the University at Buffalo; a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY-Buffalo State, and an associate’s degree from Niagara County Community College in liberal arts and social sciences. Brown has completed a one-year residency at UB toward a doctorate in higher education and administration.


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