Mari Pérez-Dowling

President and CEO
(661) 834-1980

Mari joined United Way of Kern County last October 2017. She is in charge of all Marketing and Branding strategies for our organization as well as Media and Public Relations. She will be handling the development of current and new projects to increase fundraising opportunities within the agency.

Mary Almaraz

(661) 847-9059

Mary has been with United Way since June of 2007. She is responsible for carrying out all financial and accounting programs and procedures; safeguarding United Way’s financial resources; ensuring maintenance of adequate systems of internal accounting controls; ensuring adherence to United Way’s financial policies; producing internal and external financial reports; and providing assistance to other departments with respect to various financial issues.

Jessica Janssen

Homelessness Projects Manager
(661) 834-1580

Jessica joined United Way of Kern County in March of 2017. United Way is the Collaborative Applicant and Fiscal Agent for the Kern County Homeless Collaborative. Jessica’s duties include coordinating funding opportunities for homeless services, helping to coordinate the efforts of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative and being an advocate for those experiencing homelessness.

Susana Espinoza

Financial Stability Manager
(661) 834-2962

Susana joined United Way of Kern County in January of 2011. She is the Community Impact Coordinator for the Kern VITA program as program manager in coordination with the Site Coordinators. She conducts VITA site quality review; tax return quality review processes; coordinates site coordinator training with IRS SPEC office; maintains grant funding records; develops community relationships and partnerships for volunteer recruitment, volunteer training and outreach; and Susana analyzes project data and conducts formative and summative program evaluations.

Donald Harris

Director of IT & Creative Services
(661) 834-1870

Don joined United Way of Kern County in 1986.  As Director of IT his responsibilities include installing, programming and maintaining our internal network of servers and computers.  He is also responsible for programming and maintaining our campaign and financial databases insuring data integrity, provides leadership with internal processes and reporting of pledge and payment information.

Rachel Hoetker

Education Manager
(661) 834-1489

Rachel is responsible for managing United Way’s strategic investment in community programs and activities, and our Community Impact Agenda. Specifically, she manages the activities of the organization in an effort to achieve a coordinated and effective human service system in the community, in cooperation with the Vice President of Community Impact, UWKC Governing Board, community leaders, corporate and nonprofit organizations and key volunteer impact committees and councils. Previous to her position with United Way, Rachel was a compliance coordinator for a local nonprofit child care agency that provided services to low income families.

Jackie Guerra

VITA program Coordinator/ Fundraising Assistant
(661) 834-1053

Andy Miskiewicz

Homelessness ReGIVE Project
(661) 847-9068

Andy joined United Way in December of 2017.  He runs our Homelessness ReGIVE Project, which provides household items to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness.

Valerie Rodriguez

M.A.O.F. Internship
Administrative Assistant
(661) 834-2734

(661) 834-1820 Main Number
(661) 834-2952 Fax
5405 Stockdale Hwy., Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93309

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Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce