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We Care Manatee (WCM) – a non-profit organization committed to addressing the healthcare needs of low-income, uninsured residents of Manatee County – is proud to announce the appointment of Victoria Kasdan, RN, MPH, as Executive Director. 

“I am elated about the opportunity to work alongside compassionate medical professionals who provide such a vital service for our community,” said Kasdan. “We Care Manatee is a source of life-changing programs delivered by people who truly care. My goal is to continue the growth and reach of this special organization.”

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s degree in public health management, Kasdan earned her RN diploma from Cook County School of Nursing. Her resume includes more than 20 years of executive planning, administration, patient advocacy and health care experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She also brings an extensive background in cardio-thoracic ICU nursing and pharmaceutical and medical device marketing. Prior to joining WCM, Kasdan served a sales account executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and vice president/account executive at HealthPlan Services.

An active part of the community, Kasdan is a member of the Masala Giving Circle, a clinic RN volunteer and member of a fundraising committee for Turning Points, a volunteer and event fundraiser for SPARCC, and was a recent special event fundraising co-chair with the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County.

For more information on We Care Manatee, please visit or call 941-755-3952. 

About We Care Manatee
We Care Manatee was founded by the Manatee County Medical Society in 1999 to address the increasing need of uninsured residents to be seen and treated by a medical specialist. The non-profit organization works with more than 100 Manatee County physicians, who donate their time and services to provide much-needed medical treatment for local residents. Through their efforts, the programs offered by the non-profit include Free Primary Care, Pharmaceutical Assistance, Specialty Physician Referrals, Breast Health & Wellness, and Vasectomy Procedures. We Care Manatee physicians have provided over $8 million in donated care to patients who would otherwise go without. The organization's status as a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization allows donations that are tax deductible to the fullest extend allowed by law. For information, contact

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