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Acadiana United Way President and CEO accepts position with Lafayette Diocese

Posted at 2:26 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 15:26:13-04

United Way of Acadiana says that President and CEO Margaret H. Trahan has accepted a position as the Stewardship and Development Director for the Diocese of Lafayette.

This will end her more than two decades of service as the President and CEO of United Way of Acadiana.

Margaret Trahan

“Joining the team at the Diocese of Lafayette is an incredible opportunity and one that meets both my personal and professional needs in this phase of my life.  In stepping out of the CEO role, my new position will allow me more quality time with my growing family, while my work at the Diocese will tap into my skills and experiences in fundraising and volunteer mobilization,” says Trahan.  “My entire career has been focused on serving others.  With this opportunity, I can continue to advance the common good and serve my Church at the same time.  I call that a win-win.”

Trahan will remain at United Way of Acadiana until May 15th to assist with the transition before starting her role at the Diocese on May 27th.  An appointment of an interim CEO will ensure business as usual at UWA, until a permanent replacement is found.

During her tenure, Trahan orchestrated a merger with the Volunteer Center of Lafayette and the establishment of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, co-founded Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (A-VOAD), led UWA in its transition to a community impact model and oversaw the expansion of Leader in Me in six parishes to 66 schools in the region.

“I am so happy to welcome Margaret Trahan to the Diocese.  She is immensely qualified, very respected in our community and brings a wealth of experience to this position.  Her talents will be most welcomed by all in the Diocese of Lafayette.” Bishop Douglas Deshotel said.