Rodney Butler elected chairman of United Way board 2/01/2018

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Rodney Butler elected chairman of United Way board

Ledyard — Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

Butler, elected Friday during the organization’s annual meeting, succeeds Brian Orenstein, president and chief executive officer of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union. Orenstein, who served two years as board chairman, remains on the board.

“Rodney cares deeply for the health and well-being of our community,” Virginia Mason, United Way’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “He understands United Way and our mission, and how we are best positioned to change lives and make larger-scale impact. His leadership, dedication, and expertise are an asset to our organization, in addition to his genuine, caring nature, which will continue to strengthen United Way and its role in southeastern Connecticut.”

Butler was elected to United Way’s board of directors in 2009 and served as vice chairman of the board for two years prior to his election as board chairman. He also served for many years on United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, which oversees the organization’s annual fundraising effort, and as chairman of Leadership Giving.

Butler serves on the board of trustees for Roger Williams University, and is a member of Mystic Aquarium’s board of directors.