President & CEO
Larry Olmstead joined United Way of Northern California as President & CEO in February 2016. Previously, Larry was an executive at United Way Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA, responsible for operations, human resources and the 2-1-1 helpline.
Over the years, Larry has worked as a journalist, media executive and human resources executive. He held significant newsroom management posts at the Detroit Free Press, New York Times and Miami Herald, where he was managing editor. Larry was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at the Times and was a Pulitzer finalist at the Free Press for reporting from South Africa. Larry studied journalism and political science at George Washington University.
Larry has served on and chaired numerous non-profit and industry boards. He is active in tennis, currently serving as a Board member for the United States Tennis Association’s Northern California Section, and as a national USTA committee member. Larry and his wife Michele have two grown children.
Chief Development Officer
Jacob Peterson leads major fundraising efforts in his role as Chief Development Officer. He graduated from Chico State University with a degree in both business and project management and has since spent more than six years working as an executive in the nonprofit sector. Some of his proudest accomplishments include winning the Unsung Hero’s Award for his region, starting and growing his own nonprofit organization (Junior Leadership Development Program), and being a BIG for more than 10 years as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Jacob has a strong passion for helping others and enjoys the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of people in his community and beyond.
Shelly Nelson has worked with United Way of Northern California since 2011. She has resided in Shasta County for over 25 years, working for the county in various legal positions and departments for 15 years. She also owned and operated a restaurant in Redding for the same time period.
Community Impact Manager
Theresa McCausland has 20 years of experience in social services. She specializes in workforce development, work training individuals with disabilities, and partnering with community-based organizations to provide resources to help them become self-sufficient. Theresa attended Napa Valley College and has previously worked at Goodwill Sacramento Valley Northern Nevada and ShiningCare, Inc.
As the United Way Northern California’s Community Impact Manager, Theresa manages seven programs, including CalSavers, Covered CA, CalEITC, VITA and financial literacy. She is passionate about contributing to the success of her community by providing resources and helping others become successful through their journey in life.
2-1-1 Program Manager
Kalie Brisbon is a community and social services professional who specializes in nonprofit organizations, youth development, early childhood education, and leadership. Before joining United Way of Northern California in January 2019, she worked with Planned Parenthood Northern California as a health educator and reproductive health specialist. She also served as a program specialist for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, a youth activities counselor for Disney Cruise Line, and facility manager for Open Line Group Home.
Kalie holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Simpson University. In her free time, she is a dedicated volunteer and skater with Shasta Roller Derby, enjoys exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her 10 nieces and nephews. She is committed to increasing the awareness of support resources and building a community of collaboration through all of her projects.
Regional Director for Butte and Glen Counties
Melody has worked in health and human services in Butte County for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in multicultural and gender studies and a Master of Social Work from California State University, Chico. Prior to joining United Way of Northern California, she coordinated community education for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and taught courses at Chico State, including multicultural health and social work research methods. With a strong passion for volunteering and community activism, Melody has been involved with planning and volunteering for Stonewall Chico Pride for many years, and coordinated volunteers for the Chico Women’s March in 2018.
Development Director for Butte and Glen Counties
Desiree joined United Way of Northern California in 2019. She leads major fundraising efforts, donor and media relations, and special events in Butte and Glenn counties. Desiree holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations and a master’s degree in education from California State University, Chico. She has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit advancement. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Butte College.
Desiree is passionate about education and affordable housing. Her favorite things to do include traveling, spending time with family and attending concerts.