Maria Chavez Wilcox joined the board in 2014. Maria represents over a 30-year track record of executive leadership and fundraising success as a social service executive, child abuse advocate, United Way president, community leader and honoree, and successful fundraiser. Her life-long dedication to the nonprofit sector has resulted in raising more than $300 million for social and health service programs. In September 2010, The Chronicle of Philanthropy featured Maria Chavez Wilcox for “beating the odds” in United Way 2010 performance with a 44% increase in one year as compared to other communities. A child abuse survivor herself, Maria Chavez Wilcox leads Childhaven, the nationally recognized $17.5 M organization with the mission to permanently end the cycle of abuse and neglect for children one month to 5 years of age. She oversees a dedicated team of over 300 volunteers and 140 staff in 3 locations assuring nationally-recognized therapeutic child care, providing treatment to drug-affected infants, and offering parent education programs, health screenings, meals, transportation, home visits and monitoring to children identified as neglected or abused.