United Way of Rock River Valley has announced the appointment of Linda M. Sandquist as vice president. Sandquist will provide leadership in creating, organizing and directing an approach to achieve measurable collective impact and systems-change strategies within United Way’s focus areas of education, income and health. She will also oversee daily operations and project management within the organization, and implement and evaluate community initiatives while providing support to the United Way CEO/president and board of directors. Sandquist will assume her responsibilities Aug. 26.
Sandquist has served in various marketing and resource development positions in the community. In her most recent role, Sandquist served as director of community engagement for Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Prior to joining the foundation in 2005, Sandquist was the director of development for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
Sandquist also has more than 16 years of nonprofit experience in the Rock River Valley community. She has held leadership positions on local boards including Rockford Day Nursery and Rockford MELD. She received a bachelor of science in economics from Rockford College in 1985 and has served as a member in the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and Rockford Network of Professional Women.
“There is, in our community, a great synergy in the work of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and United Way of Rock River Valley,” Sandquist said. “I have greatly enjoyed my tenure at the foundation, and I look forward to new challenges at United Way.”
From the Aug. 21-27, 2013, issue