Dave Carothers

Dave Carothers

United Way of San Diego County named Dave Carothers, partner at Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP., as chairman of its board. It also announced Richard Pattenaude, president emeritus at Ashford University, as vice chairman.

The United Way said Carothers will serve on the executive committee, lead the 27-member volunteer board of directors and provide general oversight of board policy implementation. As partner at CDF, a statewide management-side labor, employment and immigration law firm, he brings more than 30 years of legal practice to the courtroom.

According to the United Way, Carothers is also CDF’s diversity committee chairperson and a founding participant and committee member of the San Diego County Bar Association Diversity Fellowship Program. He was appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2008. Carothers has served on the boards of the Neighborhood House Association, the San Diego Police Review Board and the Inner City Games Foundation. Carothers served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979. Carothers resides in Point Loma with his wife, Janice.

“My journey to where I am today was not free of challenges,” said Carothers, “and I am grateful for organizations such as United Way for their investment in providing resources for underserved children and families. Serving on the board of one of San Diego’s most respected charities is my honor, especially being among peers collaborating for local solutions and with the shared vision of a community encouraging opportunity for all.”

As vice chair, Pattenaude will serve on the executive committee and will perform the duties of chair in Carothers’ absence, the United Way said. He will also chair the campaign cabinet, leading a team of executive volunteers to develop and deepen relationships with United Way’s top corporate partners and work to develop relationships with possible San Diego company partners.