Va Cun Named New Executive Director of United Caring Services
The Board of Directors of United Caring Services, based in Evansville, Ind., is pleased to announce that Va Cun is UCS’ new executive director. She began her new role Feb. 8.
Cun’s career spans academia, higher education administration, and the nonprofit sector. The unifying themes of her professional work are equity and social justice. Moreover, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, from her roles working with first-generation, low-income university students at the University of Southern Indiana to founding a micro-nonprofit, the Southwest Indiana Yoga Project, advocating for holistic health in underserved communities. She joins United Caring Services (UCS) from her most recent position as director of development with United Methodist Youth Home, where she led both internal and external communications and oversaw all fundraising related strategies and activities. Her passion, energy, and commitment to the local community uniquely position her to lead the expanding work of UCS.
The mission of United Caring Services is “to provide values-based, low barrier, sustainable, and high-quality homeless shelters, services and solutions.” As homelessness becomes an increasingly visible issue in southwest Indiana, the UCS board expressed excitement that Va Cun will work alongside community partners to provide shelters, services, and solutions to unhoused individuals.
“United Caring Services is a transformative agency both for those who are served and for our community. I am honored to lead and serve so that together, we may realize the vision of ‘a collaborative community of caring,’” said Cun.
United Caring Services began as a day shelter and has grown to include both men’s and women’s night shelters, a medical respite program, white flag services and low-income apartments. A Diversion Center will open this year. “Each of our executive directors has helped this growth,” said Stephanie Weiner, chair of the UCS board of directors. “We are enthused by Ms. Cun’s competence and commitment as we continue to expand, offering more services and bringing to reality additional projects that will help solve homelessness in our community.”
Cun holds a M.A. degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of California-Berkley and B.A. degrees in political science and French from Indiana University. She also is on the advisory board of Vanderburgh Community Foundation and a community volunteer at Crossroads Christian Church.
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