Local Banking Executive Sandy Hostetter and Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney Join the United Way Board


Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) has announced that Sandy Hostetter, President of CNLBank, and Paul Rooney, Chief of Police for the City of Orlando, were recently elected to the United Way Board of Directors.

As president of one of Florida’s largest independent banks, Hostetter is part of an executive team that oversees 16 full-service offices and more than $1.6 billion in assets. Prior to joining CNLBank, Hostetter served as CEO of Florida Community Partners, a non-for-profit lending consortium that specialized in financing for affordable housing communities.

Throughout her career, Hostetter has been an active volunteer with many nonprofit and community organizations, including United Way. As HFUW’s 2010-11 Campaign Chair, she was instrumental in raising $17.4 million, which helped more than 345,800 Central Floridians in need. Currently, she serves as board chair for the Central Florida YMCA and the Winter Park  Health Foundation.

Also joining the United Way board is Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney. Throughout his 24-year career, Rooney has served as the department’s Patrol Services Bureau Commander, as well as Commander of the Orlando International Airport Police Division. He is also a 16-year veteran of the department’s SWAT team. In addition, Rooney is a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association; the FBI National Academy and Alumni Association; and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“The election of Sandy and Paul further strengthens the leadership representation on our board,” said Robert H. Brown, HFUW President & CEO. “Each already plays an instrumental role as an outstanding local leader. Their passion for the community coupled with their professional expertise comes at a very important time for Central Florida as more and more residents continue to falter from the ongoing economic crisis.”

To view United Way’s full board list, click here.

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