Vice President, Strategy

Doris Toy-Pries

Prior to joining United Way in March 2016, Doris Toy-Pries worked for almost 20 years in community investments, strategic planning, policy development, relationship / partnership management and change management in the areas of public health, health promotion, organizational management and community services. She has held a variety of management roles at the City of Calgary, Government of Canada, and non-profit organizations where she was responsible for fostering and building community initiatives, collaborations and government relations.

Her past experiences have contributed to her commitment to changing social conditions and creating opportunities for individuals, families and communities. This commitment is vital at United Way where she supports capacity building, learning and strategic initiatives.

Doris also supports organizational alignment and planning, relationship and partnership management, knowledge management, and network mobilization.

Doris is originally from Quebec City and holds master's degrees in counselling and health.

Vice President, Individual Giving and Investor Relations

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Rhonda Roth joined United Way of Calgary and Area in March 2010.  In her role as Vice President, Individual Giving and Investor Relations, Rhonda is dedicated to creating positive and lasting change in our community, building meaningful and trusted relationships with our donors, and ensuring UWCA has the resources to drive lasting solutions to complex social issues. Working closely with all departments, Rhonda is responsible for developing and implementing integrated fundraising plans for the initiatives, collaborations and programs United Way funds.

Prior to joining United Way, Rhonda brought over a decade of fundraising experience, most recently serving as Associate Director, Development at the University of British Columbia.  Rhonda holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

President & CEO

United Way's President and Chief Executive Officer Karen YoungKaren Young joined United Way as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2014. On April 26, 2016, United Way’s Board appointed Karen as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2017.

Karen came to United Way from The City of Calgary where she served for 26 years as an award-winning visionary leader. In her role as Director of Community and Neighbourhood Services at The City, Karen led change management, strategic planning and policy, partnership management, funding and grant programs, financial administration, community relations, and program development initiatives. She was also instrumental in securing $480 million to build four new recreation facilities in Calgary, and led the Emergency Social Services efforts during the flood of 2013.

Karen is a visionary leader who believes in the value of partnerships and collaborations to achieve a common vision. She is a catalyst for social change and has been building momentum in communities since the 1980’s, driven by her belief that all Calgarians have the right to a good quality of life.

Karen has worked closely with United Way over the years on many projects including the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, Calgary AfterSchool, and the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership.

Karen believes that positive change begins at the community level and has herself been active in the local community serving on the Calgary Housing Company Board of Directors, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre Board of Directors, Trustee of the Burns Memorial Fund, Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative Stewardship Group, Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Council and the Calgary Economic Development Advisory Group.

Karen holds a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership and a Bachelor of General Studies in Leisure, Recreation and Tourism.


Vice President, Campaign & Resource Development  

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Kathleen MacPherson joined United Way of Calgary and Area in March 2003 as a Campaign Manager and has had a steady progression of responsibility and authority throughout her time here. Her longevity with United Way speaks both to her dedication to the core principals of UWCA and to her excellent team leadership and project management skills. Kathleen brings more than a decade of experience in leadership, project management, campaign best practice, fundraising and volunteering. Most recently in 2014, her role as Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Week garnered much exposure for United Way of Calgary and Area and was a tremendous success.

As the Vice President of the United Way of Calgary and Area Campaign & Resource Development, Kathleen drives innovation and vision for the annual campaign while maximizing revenue and opportunities for partnerships. In this role her focus is on inspiring and energizing the campaign team to engage senior community leaders and partners to deliver high energy and high impact campaigns.

Kathleen is a native Calgarian who believes this city has the potential for great things and wants to be a part of that journey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from the University of Calgary, is certified through the National Program in Fundraising Education, is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Calgary, and is an active member and former member of the board with the Calgary Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Chief Financial Officer

gowie malcolm 175x210Malcolm Gowie has over 25 years of senior financial and business experience, covering manufacturing and process industries, engineering, wholesale, retail, laboratory medicine and non-profits. This experience includes working with organizations in periods of rapid growth, management buyout, mergers and turnaround environments. These organizations ranged from billion dollar enterprises to family owned entities; all provided the base for strong entrepreneurial engagement, a key driver for Malcolm.

Since 2004, Malcolm has been CFO with United Way and leads the Corporate Service function which is responsible for finance, human resources, technology, donation processing and facilities used by United Way. Malcolm is also responsible for risk management and statutory compliance for the organization, including privacy. During his time with us, Malcolm has seen the organization almost double in size and consistently be recognized as a trusted steward of donor funds.

Malcolm is a Chartered Accountant, holds two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree in leadership and training.