Katrina Rolle Becomes First Black President of United Way in Tallahassee

Katrina Rolle, the new President and CEO for the United Way of the Big Bend speaks at the press conference announcing her hiring at the Tallahassee office on Thursday. (Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)
Katrina Rolle, the new President and CEO for the United Way of the Big Bend speaks at the press conference announcing her hiring at the Tallahassee office on Thursday.
(Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)

The United Way of the Big Bend, in naming its first African American president and CEO, hired an area real estate attorney who has an established passion for serving the community.

Katrina Rolle was sitting in her car when she first got the call from UWBB board of directors chairman Ron Sachs. The only thing the 53-year-old mother of four could do was scream.

“I was very happy,” she said with a grin, minutes after the announcement. “This is a big responsibility and I had to reflect on that, but I am ready to take this on.”

She becomes the second woman to hold the position, succeeding Heather Mitchell, who stepped down after three years to take over as vice-president at Tallahassee Community College in January. Rolle said her race won’t play a factor when she starts the job March 9.

“I try not to let the weight of that be on me. I am a person that is committed and I am a person who is compassionate about what we are doing,” she said. “I think it is a blessing to my family to be an African American serving in this role, but more importantly it is what I can bring to the table in terms of my commitment to service.”

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Source: Tallahassee Democrat | Royal A. Shepherd