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.
Shanna M. Farmer, President/CEO
Shanna came to United Way of Pueblo County in October of 2019. Previously, she served as the Director of Advancement at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo. Shanna has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. During graduate school, she earned a Servant Leadership Certificate from research in service-learning and studies in service-based leadership practices. She received her undergraduate degree from CSU-Pueblo in Political Science with minors in Mass Communications and Leadership Studies. Shanna has served as Colorado College's Community Partnerships Program Coordinator in the Collaborative for Community Engagement, with CSU-Pueblo as the Community-Based Research Coordinator, and as a Regional Representative for the United States Congress, Third Congressional District. Shanna is an Adjunct Faculty member at CSU-Pueblo in the President’s Leadership Program. She is married to Sean T. Wolff, and they are the proud parents of several rescued special needs dogs and cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, photography, and traveling.
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. Bernadette amd her husband, John, are proud parents of their son Jag.
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, 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)
Tanya Simental, Middle School Mentoring Program Coordinator
Tanya joined the United Way of Pueblo County team in the July of 2019. Her primary responsibilities are recruiting mentors and overseeing the United Way of Pueblo County Middle School Mentorship Program and also serves as the coordinator for the Pueblo Mentoring Collaborative (PMC).
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.