United Way of Pueblo County is comprised of five staff members and two contract employees: President/CEO, Director of Fund Development & Campaign, Finance Director, Director of Marketing, Events & Initiatives, Administrative Assistant, Middle School Mentoring Program Coordinator, and Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coordinator.
Andrea Aragon, President/CEO
Andrea came to United Way of Pueblo County in September of 2002. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Development and the Director of Alumni Relations at Colorado State University - Pueblo. Andrea graduated from the University of Southern Colorado, now CSU-Pueblo, with a BS degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Political Science in 1993. She has worked for U.S. Congressman Scott McInnis, and served as the President/CEO of the Latino Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1997. During this same period, she served on the Board of United Way of Pueblo County. Andrea is the proud mother of two sons, Freddie and Evan.
Paula Chostner, Director of Fund Development and Campaign
Paula joined the United Way of Pueblo County team after her retirement from Pueblo City Schools as Executive Director for Human Resources in June 2017.During her time at Pueblo City Schools Chostner also served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. In her role at United Way, Chostner will lead the annual fundraising campaign, year-round fund development activities, and ensure overall donor stewardship. Chostner’s previous non-profit experience includes working with the Pueblo Symphony, Parkview Medical Center Foundation Board, Neighbor Works of Pueblo, United Way of Pueblo County Board of Directors, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in New Mexico. Paula and her husband, Jeff, have two children- Kirsten and Michelle, and six grandchildren.
Bernadette Albo, Finance Director
Bernadette has worked with United Way since 2001, primarily in the area of finance and database management. Prior, she was employed by the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo as the Finance Director. Mrs. Albo holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern Colorado, now Colorado State University - Pueblo.
Bianca Hicks, Director of Marketing, Events & Initiatives
Bianca came to United Way in August of 2009. She is an alumna of Colorado State University - Pueblo's Mass Communications Department, earning a BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and minors in Professional Writing and Spanish. Her primary duties include assisting the President/CEO and Director of Fund Development and Campaign with the planning and execution of the annual campaign drive, as well as other year-round fundraising efforts, coordinating fund distribution activities including allocations, community impact grant, the emergency food and shelter program, Combined Federal Campaign, and all marketing, public relations, special events, and communication duties and strategies. Bianca is a proud wife to her husband Kenny and mother of two sons Jace and Jalen.
Primary responsibilities are assisting with data input, financial record keeping, general administrative duties and staff support.
719-225-8580 (United Way Main Line)
Valarie Ruybal-Montoya, Middle School Mentoring Program Coordinator
Valarie joined the United Way of Pueblo County team as the Mentor Recruitment Coordinator in the fall of 2013. Her primary responsibilities are recruiting mentors and overseeing the United Way of Pueblo County Middle School Mentorship Program.
Judith Boudreaux, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program Coordinator
Judith serves as the primary contact and administrator for the Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Her primary responsibilities include the organization and oversight of the annual VITA Program sites, volunteers and tax preparation.