Valerie White Joins United Way as Community Impact Manager for Health

WICHITA, Kan., Monday, May 10, 2021— United Way of the Plains is pleased to announce that Valerie White has joined the organization as the Community Impact Manager for Health. United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for all and focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life and strong community – health, education and financial stability. White will play a key role in identifying barriers to important health services and collaborating with area partners to improve health care access for residents of south central Kansas.

White brings more than 10 years of experience to the position, most recently from KU Endowment at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and will finish her Masters of Business Administration in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Wichita State University this year.

United Way of the Plains President and CEO, Pete Najera, said, “Valerie is an exceptional leader, communicator and relationship builder as a result of her various management experiences in Division I athletics, higher education administration and medical development. Her expertise in collaborating with diverse stakeholders made her a great match for us and we’re delighted to welcome one of Wichita’s rising young leaders to our team.”

White said, “I look forward to joining the team at United Way of the Plains and fostering more partnerships among healthcare service providers to strengthen the overall health of our community.” Inspired by her energetic daughter, White also enjoys reading, visiting local museums and spending time outdoors. She assumed her new duties on Monday, May 10.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Angie Prather, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Community Engagement Officer, (316) 267-1321,

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United Way of the Plains is a nonprofit and for-impact organization that focuses on health, education and financial stability – the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Our mission is to improve lives by harnessing the caring power of our community to advance the common good in south central Kansas. Follow us on these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.


Published On: May 10, 2021


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