Fundraising for Impact Summit & Women United Summit

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

MARCH 24-27, 2020

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The Fundraising for Impact Summit & Women United Summit will feature the best, brightest, and most innovative professionals in their fields. Updates on speakers will be available in the coming weeks.

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Amy Ahrens Terpstra [More Info]
VP, Collective Impact Partnerships
United Way of Salt Lake
Amy Ahrens Terpstra is the Vice President of Collective Impact Partnerships for United Way of Salt Lake. She leads the talented team working to cultivate partnerships capable of creating lasting social change in schools, neighborhoods, and across the region. Amy joined the UWSL team in 2016 and focused on building cross-sector, regional collaborative action networks that align programs, engage in continuous improvement, and change systems in order to improve specific, measurable outcomes. For 11 years prior to that, Amy led research and evaluation work at the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. There she managed a diverse portfolio of applied research studies with people who were experiencing poverty and intense hardship and trauma. For over a decade she researched and wrote Heartland Alliances flagship publication, the annual Report on Illinois Poverty, which informed the work of thousands of providers, advocates, and decisionmakers in the state. Amy holds a bachelors degree in social work from Trinity Christian College and a masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Amy loves to travel and ski with her husband, hike with her dog Huckleberry, run long distances in solitude, and discuss true crime podcasts with anyone who will listen.
Mary Ambrose [More Info]
Chief Impact Officer
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Mary Ambrose is the Chief Impact Officer of Community Impact at United Way of Southeast Louisiana. With a team of volunteers and expert staff, she guides and directs the community impact work of the organization, including the recruitment and development of volunteer leadership, research, community engagement and partnerships, identifying community problems and solutions and directing the distribution of funds raised through the United Ways annual workplace campaign. She is responsible for leading and creating the new Blueprint for Prosperity Framework that drives United Way of Southeast Louisianas work to eradicate poverty, including the distribution of over $5 million dollars annually to local non-profits throughout the Greater New Orleans Area, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. Since Hurricane Katrina she has facilitated the granting of over $50 million to health and human service programs through various funding processes. She is recognized for developing strategic processes that are focused on accountability and results. Ms. Ambrose has lead the process to expand funding from programs to supporting Collaborations and Initiatives that are addressing systemic issues to move people out of poverty. Under Ms. Ambroses leadership, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana launched its first ever Prosperity Center; a one-stop center to provide financial capability services, The ALICE Report, and The UWSELAs Prosperity Dashboard. Ms. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Administration, Planning & Organizing from Southern University at New Orleans. Ms. Ambrose is a Licensed Master of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and has over 20 years in Social Services; 21 with United Way of Southeast Louisiana. She is also the host of the live radio show, United Way & You on WBOK 1230 am. The show serves as a platform to educate the community on how their United Way donations are working in their community. She is committed to the Community Impact model goal of improving lives by mobilizing communities to create sustained changes in community conditions.
Cathy Ashby [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way Abilene
Dr. Cathy Ashby was selected as President and CEO of United Way Abilene in 2013. Previously she had been in public education for 3 decades and served as a teacher, principal, and the last 14 years of her career as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum. Dr. Ashby earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Counseling, a Master’s degree from ACU in Education, and a doctorate degree from Texas Tech University in Educational Leadership. In 2019, Dr. Ashby was honored to be inducted into the Cooper High School Hall of Fame where she was a teacher for 10 years. She also was honored the award of Distinguished Alumni from her alma mater, HSU.
Deirdre Asnis [More Info]
Senior Director, Data and Processing Systems
United Way Worldwide
Deirdre Asnis is part of UWW's IT Team and currently serving as Product Owner for Shared CRM. What she loves most abotu her job is connecting local United Ways for collaboration, and sharing the work of United Way to drive efficiencies and allow United Ways to focus more on building connections in their communities. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
Jacob Austin [More Info]
Director, Digital Marketing
United Way of Central Maryland
As Director of Digital Marketing, Jacob manages UWCMs implementation of strategies & platforms to engage donors & volunteers through best-in-class digital experiences aimed at driving revenue and brand loyalty. Jacob is accountable for the success of content, campaigns and services provided by United Way Worldwide Digital Services, as well as Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud accounts in the Greater Baltimore market. Prior to United Way, Jacob ran digital strategy at the national headquarters of the NAACP. Highlights at NAACP include the redesign of flagship website, expanding online memberships sales by 37% year-over-year, and directing social media strategy for the 49th NAACP Image Awards and 2016 National Convention resulting in both events to trend nationally on Twitter. Jacob previously served as Digital Director for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as well as digital advisor to various political campaigns. He is a graduate of Towson University and lives in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore.
Rachel Awtrey [More Info]
Brand Ambassador
Rachel Awtrey is a social media influencer and podcaster in Birmingham, AL. She spends most of her time connecting with followers and brands and putting together campaigns in hopes to make life a little easier for her audience! She is also the host of Behind the Bliss Podcast. The heartbeat of this podcast is to create a space for women to share their reality of what life is really like behind the bliss so that others might experience an “oh yeah, me too” moment. She advocates for mental health and volunteers at her local Crisis Center. Rachel is an Air Force wife to her husband who serves as a pilot.
Renee Beck [More Info]
Associate Vice President, Marketing
United Way of Central Maryland
Renee’s marketing career spans from Forbes’ #1 Small Company in America to a startup acquired by the world’s largest deals site. She is currently the Associate Vice President of Marketing of the United Way of Central Maryland and previously held communications positions with Terra’s Kitchen, OrderUp and Medifast. She is also a communications consultant and has worked with local Baltimore brands and international organizations. You can find her at @reneelbeck or on a plane.
Mary Blunt [More Info]
Community Leader
United Way of South Hampton Roads
Mary L. Blunt takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development and Operational excellence. She intuitively sees the opportunities that are embedded within an organization, brings them together into a coherent plan, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business decisions. She is an inspirational executive leader who tells stories that inspire action, while focusing on strong financial discipline. Respected as a trusted voice in decision-making, Mary earns a seat at the table wherever she serves. Mary distinguished characteristics include her ability to identify, leverage and develop top talent through active and defined coaching plans. Currently, as SVP/CVP at Sentara Health System, a Non-Profit Integrated healthcare Delivery System, Mary oversees the operations of 4 hospitals and the long-term care division. She led the successful acquisition and integration of one of twelve hospital assets within the company and the successful sale of $20 million dollars in company assets. She is currently spearheading $100 million in cost cutting initiatives within the company Previously as Corporate Vice President of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Mary led business development and strategy for a 523-bed tertiary trauma center. During this time, she drove improvements in market share, operation excellence and positioning the Trauma Center as the number one Hospital in the state of Virginia. Earlier in her career, she rose through the ranks of Sentara Health System successfully taking on greater areas of responsibilities. She began her career in Physical Therapy with Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Mary holds an MHA from the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and BA in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mary previously served on the following Boards: Board of Trustees, American Hospital Association American Hospital Association Post-Acute Governing Council Chair of American Hospital Association Post- Acute Governing Council Williams School Board of Directors American Hospital Association HRET Board of Director American Hospital Association Research Committee, Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia, Greater Peninsula NOW Organization American Hospital Association Nominating Committee She currently serves on: The Women United Global Leadership Council Women United Hampton Roads Board of Directors Norfolk State University Board of Director Was named one of 2019’s Top 68 African American Leaders in Healthcare Was named one of 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction (Health & Wellness)
Michelle Branch [More Info]
Branch Law Group
Michelle Branch is attorney in private practice, with degrees from Stanford (BA, JD) and UC Berkeley (PhD, MA in history). She has taught on the faculties of NYU Law School and UC Berkeley. Since 2019 Michelle has served as Chair of United Way Worldwides Women United Global Leadership Council, focusing on womens advocacy and leadership development. She has served on the boards of United Way Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, SF Camerawork, City Slicker Farms, La Cocina SF, the Junior League of San Francisco, and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.
Kathleen Cannon [More Info]
President & CEO
United Way of Broward County
As a social worker by trade, Kathleen Cannon understands firsthand the impact that non-profits have in the community. As President and CEO of United Way of Broward County she utilizes her talents and undeniable ability to recognize a need and then seek out partners to create long-lasting positive solutions. Kathleen has been in executive leadership for more than 25 years. Her philosophy is to lead with intention, purpose and to be strategic and goal oriented. She feels motivating and inspiring others to excellence starts with a profound sense of integrity and a positive regard for all stakeholders. Kathleen believes it is important to outline clear expectations which facilitate the accomplishments of desired outcomes. Her experience as a direct service provider and administrator is invaluable in running a well-rounded community organization. These attributes combined with her excellent visionary abilities and sharp business acumen makes her a motivating leader. Kathleen has received several accolades for her leadership and dedication to ensuring that she is changing all lives for the better including: Women of Distinction Honoree from March of Dimes, Influential Business Women Honoree from South Florida Business Journal and the Women of Excellence Sapphire Award from Cleveland Clinic. Recently she was awarded the Champion of Children Award from HANDY, the Spirit of Justice Award from Legal Aid, the Difference Maker Leadership Award from Extraordinary Women Leading Change Leadership Conference, the Ultimate CEO Award from South Florida Business Journal, a Healthy Mothers Health Babies Outstanding Mother of the Year and was honored with the 2019 Profiles in Leadership Award by Leadership Broward Foundation.
Christy Cheever [More Info]
Senior Director, Development
United Way of King County
Christy Cheever has been with United Way of King County since July 1, 2013 and is responsible for supporting the Individual Giving and Major Gifts Teams. At UWKC she has championed building authentic relationships with donors and volunteers towards the goal of meeting individuals where they are and developing a pipeline of committed donors to United Way of King County. Prior to joining UWKC she served as a major gifts officer and managed fundraising events at Woodland Park Zoo. She has also held fundraising positions at Seattle Symphony and Houston Symphony. Christy holds a bachelor degree in Music Industry and minor in Business from University of Southern Mississippi and an MA in Arts Administration and certificate in Public Administration from Florida State University. She also has the CFRE credential. When not at work, she volunteers for a local animal welfare organization, spends time outdoors with her family, and accepts all invitations to travel to places near and far. She lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and two dogs, Clara and Maisy.
Kaia Clarke [More Info]
Leader, Philanthropy
United Way of the Greater Triangle
Kaia Clarke is a Philanthropy Leader at United Way of the Greater Triangle; a role that includes cultivating and establishing relationships with corporations, individuals, and local organizations. She leads community-based fundraising efforts from the development to preparation for scale both statewide and nationally. Kaia believes that philanthropy is her superpower to improve the quality of life of all people. Her life goal is to shift the narratives of others and to create opportunities to build a legacy in their community. She celebrates that everyone can be a philanthropist at any age, come from any background, and with any interest to generate a wealth of resources that positively influences future generations. Kaia and her husband Rawlins IV are raising their three children, Kira, Rawlins, and Khloe, to be good stewards of their gifts and talents to make an impact in the world. Kaia is a graduate from North Carolina Central University, where she earned her BS in Biology and Masters of Public Administration.
Beth Cline [More Info]
Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement
United Way of Central Indiana
Beth Cline is a volunteer centered, collegiate relations, association management, alumni relations and event planning professional with more than 19 years in the field of higher education and non-profit management. Beth currently is the Volunteer Engagement Senior Director for the United Way of Central Indiana leading the volunteer engagement team, strategies, programs and partnerships to engage donors and effectively support UWCIs mission and community impact goals. Before joining United Way of Central Indiana, Beth worked for various non-profits and universities in the areas of association management, leadership programming, volunteer training, alumni relations and fraternity/sorority programming. Beth earned her bachelors degree in business management from Indiana State Universitys Scott College of Business. She then earned her masters in college student affairs at Eastern Illinois University. Beth currently volunteers with multiple organizations and associations as a consultant, facilitator, fundraiser and event planner. She is a specialist in the area of facilitation, team-building, event planning and program development. Beth lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Pat, their son Brooks and their dogs, Belle and Maddux. She and her husband love to spend time with their families and friends, traveling when they can and watching IU basketball and the Chicago CUBS!
Mei Cobb [More Info]
Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement
United Way Worldwide
Mei Cobb leads Volunteer Engagement at United Way Worldwide. Throughout her career Mei has developed systems to effectively inspire and engage individuals who seek to change lives and communities through service and worked with leaders in the private, public and social sectors to establish and grow their volunteer programs. Mei currently serves as the co-chair of the Volunteer Groups Alliance (VGA), a global coalition of volunteer involving organizations at the United Nations that promote and amplify the role of volunteers in achieving the sustainable development agenda. She is an advisor to the UN Disaster and Risk Reduction (UNDRR) program advocating on behalf of volunteers and volunteer involving organizations. Mei has consulted and trained in 35 countries and is champion for the role volunteers play in creating, leading and sustaining change. Globally she helped develop Pro Vobis, the national volunteer center in Romania and worked in the United Arab Emirates to develop the first national volunteer program, Takatof. Prior to her work at United Way, Mei served as Senior Vice President at the Points of Light Foundation, founded by President George H.W. Bush. Earlier in her career she served as Vice President for the United Way of San Diego County, and worked at the United Way of Escambia County and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee. Mei is an active volunteer serving on a variety of boards and with several organizations. She is an elementary school tutor and a volunteer accompanist for several elementary and middle school music programs in her community. She performs regularly with the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Chorus.
Jerry Dannemiller [More Info]
VP, Digital Services
United Way Worldwide
Jerry Dannemiller joined UWW as Vice President of Digital Services in September 2018 after having previously leading the marketing and communications effort at United Way of Central Ohio, where, in addition to driving brand, messaging and engagement programs, he was team lead on digital services and organizational change efforts. His background is in digital marketing, content and donor technology platforms, and design thinking toward organizational change. He previously led teams at the Wexner Center for the Arts and The Ohio State University, in addition to serving as a writer for various publications earlier in his career. He has served on several non-profit boards, including current service with the Jazz Arts Group in Columbus and the Ohio Historical Society.
Cori Deterding [More Info]
Senior Manager, Donor Engagement
Mile High United Way
Cori Deterding is the Senior Manager of Donor Engagement at Mile High United Way, living in Denver, Colorado. In this role, Cori leads and manages strategy for the multiple donor affinity groups to offer extensive networking, volunteering, and learning engagements for business and community leaders that invest in Mile High United Way and the Denver community. Cori has worked in the development field for almost 20 years, which has given her the opportunity to learn about many different cultures and gain experiences and friendships that have shaped her life both personally and professionally. Though she has been in her position at Mile High United Way and in the same city for almost five years, her experience is a winding road that has taken her from a small town in northeastern Colorado to the slums of India to South Philly to a small village in Ghana, West Africa. Prior to joining Mile High United Way, Cori was in Ghana, West Africa, working for a development organization as the Director of Development. Cori worked with local staff leadership to develop strategies for fundraising in collaboration with the multiple worldwide offices that invested in the work being done on the ground in Ghana. Cori helped lead a collaboration with the Government of Ghana to regulate and close orphanages in order to return children to families—either their own or foster care families. Cori earned a Master’s in International Development from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Global Studies from Colorado Christian University, and has completed the Institute for Leadership in Development program.
Geniro Dingle [More Info]
Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
United Way Worldwide
I am proud to be in service of my UWW and network colleagues. My job is to help our nearly 1,100 local United Ways across the U.S. live our mission through building diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations. My experience in the nonprofit sector started with the Ohio Student Association as a community fellow volunteering on issue based campaigns. I was eventually hires as a community organizer working in my hometown of Akron, OH. After graduating from with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Akron I moved to Washington, DC to pursue a M.A. in Public Anthropology at American University. There I worked as a graduate assistant in our Center for Diversity & Inclusion. In this role I deepened my understanding of serving various marginalized communities. My next role came with Housing Up, a small nonprofit in Washington, DC. Committed to ending homelessness in our nations capitol. After working there for a year I joined the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team at UWW in 2018.
Amy Dinofrio [More Info]
VP of People Strategies, Talent & Board Engagement
United Way Worldwide
Amy brings over 15 years of human resources and talent management experience. As Vice President of People Strategies, Talent and Board Engagement, she manages the team that supports the internal HR function for UWW, plus the 1,800 United Ways throughout our network in building organizational capacity, recruiting and retaining talent, and creating professional development programs for both board members and staff. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide in 2017, Amy oversaw Human Resources, Operations, and 211 at Pikes Peak United Way in Colorado for 13 years. Amy earned her bachelors degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and her MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She and her partner Camryn reside in Alexandria, VA with their three dogs.
Wendy-Ann Dixon-DuBois [More Info]
Senior Manager Stakeholder Communications
United Way Worldwide
Wendy-Ann Dixon-DuBois is a savvy communicator with a breadth of experience that spans education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. After teaching elementary school in Miami through the Teach For America program, Wendy-Ann moved to Washington, DC to begin work in the nonprofit sector where she excelled in community engagement and outreach programming. In her current role at United Way Worldwide, she creates and executes impact-focused communications strategies to connect key audiences to United Ways major initiatives, products, and programs.
Ann Edmonds [More Info]
Product Manager, Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud
United Way Worldwide
Ann Edmonds joined United Way in February 2011 as Vice President, Information Technology & Operations, providing strategic leadership in information systems and technology focusing on enterprise-wide technology projects. Currently on special assignment as Product Manager for Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud with United Way Worldwide, Ann works with product management team to define the strategy, roadmap, and feature set for Philanthropy Cloud so that it meets the needs of corporate partners, individuals and United Way. Prior to joining United Way, Ann has spent her 20-year career in the not-for-profit sector working for YMCAs across North America. Most recently as the Vice President Information Technology for the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Ann provided leadership to several enterprise initiatives, including the implementation of new systems for program, membership, fundraising, volunteer management, and finance; introducing new web technologies; and stabilizing infrastructure in a rapidly growing association. Ann is a recognized leader in the YMCA movement having held IT positions at YMCA Canada, YMCA of the USA, YMCA Edmonton, and YMCA London.
Kittie Fahey [More Info]
Senior Vice President
Greater Twin Cities United Way
With more than 25 years of nonprofit operational and management experience, Kittie Fahey has worked exclusively in the Development field, including major and principal gifts, sponsorship, events and volunteer management. An east coast native; living across the country and abroad, she is now deeply committed to downtown Minneapolis. She enjoys traveling for leisure, Broadway musicals, fashion show, animals and tweeting. She is highly active as a community volunteer and donor, serving on the boards and advisory committees for several arts and animal organizations and as a sustaining member of Junior League of Minneapolis. Kittie has been with Greater Twin Cities United Way for over a dozen years, currently leading the Individual Giving Department which includes individual prospects, affinity groups, major gifts, principal gifts, and planned/endowed giving. Her team is responsible for over $40 million in revenue. She is a longtime member of Tocqueville Society, founding member of Arise Project, and a recent member of the Tocqueville Legacy Society. In her spare time, she is co-chairing United Way Worldwides Major and Planned Giving Council. Gallup Strengths Finders: Adaptability - Woo - Significance - Positivity Maximizer. Myers Briggs: ESTP Contact information: Greater Twin Cities United Way 404 South Eighth Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA (612) 340-7559 business (612) 226-1237 mobile
Alex Fike [More Info]
Director, Board & Leadership Programs
United Way Worldwide
Alex Fike is tackling complex issues to fix the worlds trickiest problems. He serves as the Director of Board & Leadership Programs at United Way Worldwide, helping all 1,800+ United Ways improve their communities. An accomplished leader, Fike focuses his time building new programs, while invigorating and innovating on current assets, and realizing improved results for people and organizations. He has spent his professional time as the leader of high-profile programs and engagement channels at the world's largest non-profit, as the Business Manager to the CEO for one of the largest United Ways, as a Legislative Director, a case worker, a communications specialist, and a policy architect. The common thread pulled throughout is the belief that collective action can bring forward improved futures. He has served and led several boards including the City of Royal Oak’s Parks, Recreation, and Senior Services Advisory Board, the Royal Oak Opportunity To Serve (ROOTS) Foundation, political nonprofits, collegiate alumni boards, and many others.
Ayeola Fortune [More Info]
Senior Director, Impact and Global Results
United Way Worldwide
Ayeola Fortune is the Senior Director of Impact and Global Results at United Way Worldwide. Ayeola leads UWWs effort collect data on a common set of indicators to aggregate United Ways collective impact across communities. This effort is part of the United Ways overall strategic imperative to connect the dollars raised in communities to investments that build community capacity and improve lives. She also leads the organizations efforts to develop strategies, initiatives, resources, and tools to support United Ways 2028 national goals in education and health, and to advance equity in the impact work of local United Ways. Previously, as Director of Youth Success, Ayeola developed strategies, resources, and tools and led major initiatives to build network capacity to improve the number of students that graduate high school prepared for college and career. This included grants focused on out-of-school time, middle grades success, and post-secondary completion, as well as United Way Worldwide s Ready by 21 National Partnership. She also helped lead the development of United Ways education roadmaps which outlined the critical strategies, implementation approaches and potential roles that United Ways can play to improve educational outcomes, especially for at-risk youth, in their communities. Before joining UWW, Ayeola served as the director of extended learning opportunities and development Project at the Council of Chief State School Officers from 2001-2009. In this role, she developed proposals to support Council activities based on identified state education agency needs relative to implementing federal policy initiatives. Preceding this role, Ayeola was a high school teacher at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA. Ayeola earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Lehigh University, as well as a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Marveen Hart [More Info]
Sr. Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
United Way Worldwide
Marveen Hart is United Way Worldwides Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I). She provides leadership around DE&I within the organization and the United Way network. In her role, she provides and shares tools, resources, best practices and trends related to DE&I to local United Ways in the United States. With the goal of operationalizing DE&I and as a business imperative, she serves as the lead resource to individuals and organizations that are engaged in strategic diversity management, both in and outside of the United Way network. As well, she provides leadership and direction for the continuous assessment and growth of network-wide efforts in building equitable, inclusive and healthy organizations. She advises UWW senior leadership on the policies, programs, practices and resources needed to achieve excellence in the diversity management discipline. Also, she is responsible for assisting and collaborating with internal teams and departments in establishing and achieving their DE&I objectives. As a 36-year United Way Worldwide professional, Marveen has served in various capacities in the organization including Director, Field Leadership; Director, National Conferences and Special Events and Regional Director, The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Marveen has an adult son, Marcus, and she resides in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Carmen Hickerson [More Info]
Vice President, Strategic Relations
Metro United Way
Carmen is the Vice President of Strategic Relations for Metro United Way where she provides senior level leadership for events, product development, sponsorships, and community partnerships. She has been with Metro United Way for six years. Carmen has a 30+ year distinguished career in public affairs, corporate communications and consulting in the corporate and non-profit sectors, including banking, healthcare and business association management. She has served on numerous boards including Leadership Kentucky and the Kentucky Derby Festival. In her free time, Carmen enjoys gourmet cooking, live music and traveling. Her association with United Way began in 1987 when she served as a Loaned Executive and President of the United Way of Central Florida's Junior Board.
Paul Hurd [More Info]
Chief Development Officer
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
Chip Hurd is Chief Development Officer at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV), recognized among the top 40 of 1,800 United Ways worldwide, as well as a host of two Centers of Excellence focused on workplace campaigns. Hurd and the UWGLV team will soon close out their 10th consecutive increased campaign in support of their community. Hurd has been responsible for overseeing the fundraising component of UWGLV since 2015. As a member of the executive team, his responsibilities include developing key strategies to increase workplace and individual giving through annual, endowment and planned giving. He also ensures effective volunteer management in support of resource development goals; and building and supporting relationship management within the organization. Over a development career that has spanned more than 25 years, Hurd has most recently held leadership positions at Thomas Jefferson University and Lehigh Valley Health Network. He has been a successful leadership and principal gift fundraiser and has secured more than a dozen million dollar-plus gifts during his career. Locally, he serves on the Muhlenberg College Alumni Board and volunteers for the Andre Reed Foundation. Hurd holds an A.B. in Communications from Muhlenberg College and an M.S. in Telecommunications from Kutztown University. Hurd resides in Orefield with his wife Susan, and has two adult children, Matt and Abby. He is grateful to live and work in a community where so many people care about their neighbors.
Alysha January [More Info]
Discover Charm City
Alysha January is the Marketing Manager from the Historic Charles Street Association and co-owner of Busheler's of Baltimore. She is an activist who is very passionate about creating equality, inclusion, and diversity throughout the community. She created a blog and Instagram account called Discover Charm City to highlight Baltimore’s small businesses, local food scene, and her personal life-style. Alysha wants to show others how to live, work, and play in Baltimore and beyond. Alysha also host women empowerment events she calls, Gal Pal Events. She invites women to step out of their comfort zone to connect with other women in a safe open environment.
Natali Justiniano Pahl [More Info]
Community Volunteer
NJP Consulting
Natali Justiniano Pahl is a results driven executive with experience leading complex programs and new strategies to successful outcomes. She has more than 25 years of experience managing a broad range of human resource functional areas. Natali most recently served as an Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for the Principal Financial Group leading the Talent Acquisition, Development and Diversity & Inclusion team focused on connecting people to grow at Principal. She joined Principal in 2012 and previously led the HR Support & Systems team and the HR Strategy/Change Management function for the company. Prior to joining Principal, Natali held multiple management and individual contributor human resources and business roles for 17 years with Wells Fargo and Amoco Oil Company for six years. Natali holds a Master of Business Administration from Drake University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. She is an active leader, volunteer, and advocate on the local and national/global level for education, financial stability, and human rights. Natali served as the chair of Women United (formerly WLC) of Central Iowa United Way for the past three years and as a member of the United Way of Central Iowa Income Cabinet, Iowa Public Policy Committee, and Tocqueville Campaign Committee. She was selected as one of 24 women to represent over 70,000 women in 160 countries as a member of the United Way Worldwide Women United Global Leadership Council. She is also a member of several other local and state boards and serves as a proud military wife. Natali is a second-generation Latinx and resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and two children. During her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, attending performing arts and practicing Taekwondo where she is a 2nd Dan Blackbelt.
Rachel Krausman [More Info]
Senior Director, 211
United Way Worldwide
Alicia Lara [More Info]
Sr. VP, Impact, Strategy and Innovation
United Way Worldwide
Alicia Lara serves as Senior Vice President of Impact , Strategy and Innovation for United Way Worldwide. She is responsible for the development and design of strategies and programs for the United Way networks in the United States and internationally. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Most recently, Ms. Lara was the Vice President for Community Investment at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles for nine years where she was responsible for the development and management of policy, research and grant making programs. Previously, Ms. Lara was with The California Endowment, a private foundation with priorities in the areas of health care access, health disparities, and mental health. For eight years she held a number of positions there including vice president of program; director of responsive grant making; and senior program officer. She currently serves on the board of directors for The Ms. Foundation for Women, National Health Foundation and the Larchmont Charter School. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Jeff Nickel [More Info]
Chief Client Development Officer
GB Olsen [More Info]
VP, Resource Development
United Way of the Midlands
GB Olsen is the Vice President of Resource Development. GB and her team are responsible for all fundraising activities at United Way committed to improving the quality of life in the Midlands. She has over 25 years of fundraising experience creating partnerships and recruiting diverse revenue streams for both nonprofits and institutions of higher education. Prior to joining United Way of the Midlands, GB fundraised passionately for her alma mater, Spring Hill College, Columbia College, United Way of the Suncoast, United Way of Greenville County, William Jewell College and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. GB currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of the South Carolina Planned Giving Council and she is a Board Member at Sandhills School. GB is a native of Norway and came to the U.S. to attend college. She received her B.S. from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL in 1985 and her M.A. from University of South Alabama in 1987. She completed post graduate work at Tulane University in 1991 before embarking on a career in the nonprofit sector starting in 1993.
Josh Palacios [More Info]
Vice President, Individual Donor Engagement
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Josh has been with United Way of Greater St. Louis since 2011. For most of that time, Josh worked in Resource Development supporting workplace campaigns. From 2014 to 2018, Josh oversaw the efforts the annual fall campaign. In 2019, Josh moved over to Major Gifts overseeing their Leadership Giving Societies and Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Richard Perry [More Info]
Founding Partner
Veritus Group
Richard Perry has over 40 years experience helping nonprofits transform their Major Gift programs. He co-founded The Domain Group, which was one of the largest full-service fundraising consulting agencies serving major national, regional and local nonprofits in the United States. Richard also does management consulting and leadership development and transition, and he has worked with mergers and acquisitions.
Rodney Prunty [More Info]
President & CEO
United Way of Central New Mexico
Rodney Prunty is a passionate, dedicated community servant with over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including 12 years of experience in the United Way Network. Rodney began his employment at United Way as a resource development manager for United Way of Rock River Valley (UWRRV), where he was responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies and donor cultivation for the annual campaign. In 2010, he was promoted to vice president of UWRRV. During his leadership as vice president, Rodney collaborated with two local school districts to implement UWRRVs Success By 6 Initiative, a wide-ranging kindergarten readiness effort focused on parent engagement and early literacy that serves over 4,000 pre-k children and families annually. Rodney deepened relationships with two local school districts through the development of UWRRVs I READ Program, a collaborative early grade reading effort focused on fourth grade reading proficiency by pairing kindergarten students with trained volunteer reading mentors through third grade. Rodney joined United Way of Racine County (UWRC) in August of 2013 as president and chief professional officer. In his first year with UWRC, Rodney quickly created a culture of relationship management and employee engagement in United Way of Racine Countys resource development department, integral to UWRC surpassing its 2013 campaign goal by over $100,000 the largest campaign in its history. Rodneys focus on relationships and engagement resulted in subsequent campaigns ranking in the top five in local historical fundraising totals. In addition to the campaign, Rodney quickly instituted the process of developing the organizations strategic plan, an intentionally inclusive, comprehensive and authentic process that included donor/non-donor surveys, Community Conversations with a variety of stakeholders, Staff/Board SWOT Analysis, and assessing empirical data from the 2014 UWRC Community Indicators Report. The result of this process led UWRC to adopt the issue focus of Building an Educated Workforce for Racine County. Under Mr. Pruntys leadership, UWRC assumed the co-backbone role of Racine Countys Collective Impact effort, Higher Expectations in 2014. This effort developed strong cross-sector partnerships between UWRC and local stakeholders to increase graduation rates, college readiness and enrollment. This partnership has been awarded a number of local and national grant funds and has received regional and national recognition for its achievements. Rodney additionally directed his focus to the development of new strategic partnerships to improve the education, financial stability and health of Racine County. Mr. Prunty led a collaboration with Racine Unified School District and other community stakeholders to bring a Community School to Racine County, the first of its kind in Racine. With this effort, Racine became the third community in the state of Wisconsin to incorporate a coordinated, placed-based approach to remove the barriers associated with student learning and improve the financial stability of parents and neighborhood residents. Now in its third year, significant growth in student achievement in reading and math has been achieved. In addition, parent engagement has increased exponentially. Because of these efforts, the model will be expanding to another school in the fall of 2019.
Jessica Safransky Schacht [More Info]
Sr Director, Community Impact
United Way of Racine County
Jessica Safransky Schacht is the senior director of community impact at United Way of Racine County in Racine, WI. In her nearly thirteen years at UWRC, Jessica has held a variety of positions focused on youth empowerment, volunteer engagement, literacy, and community impact. She's led several collaborative efforts between the community impact and investor relations departments, including Day of Action and Do More 24 Racine, a 24-hour giving day. She currently oversees United Way of Racine County’s community schools work, VITA program, Imagination Library program, Veterans Financial Stability initiative, and Schools of Hope tutoring program. Jessica is responsible for writing private, state and federal grants to diversify support for UWRC's programs and initiatives. She also participates in UWRC's diversity, equity and inclusion team and community conversations team. A native of Racine County, Jessica is proud to live and work in her amazing community. She is married and has two young children. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook and listen to '90s music.
Jeannie Sager [More Info]
Women's Philanthropy Institute
Jeannie Sager is the director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. She is an established philanthropy leader, with more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership and development experience in a variety of fields, including higher education, independent schools and healthcare. A native Floridian, Sager has previously served in senior executive positions at the Indiana University Health Foundation, the Indiana University School of Medicine and University High School of Indiana. She has held fundraising and development roles with Indiana University Foundation, Miami University of Ohio and Rollins College. An alumna of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, she holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree from the school and was a Jane Addams Fellow at its predecessor, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She earned an international relations B.A. at Rollins College.
Hannah Shell [More Info]
United Way Brand Ambassador
United Way Worldwide / Delta Air Lines
My name is Hannah Shell and I graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelors degree in communications and marketing. I got involved with United Way during my collegiate years, working as a social media/marketing intern for United Way of Northeast Arkansas. My passion for United Way has grown immensely since then, and I’m so excited to be serving as a United Way Worldwide Brand Ambassador this year! I am currently working as a Flight Attendant, where I am living out my passion to travel, work with the public, and experience other cultures. I plan on continuing my career in aviation, with hopes to become a pilot.
Kimberly Smith [More Info]
Chief Accounting Officer
American AgCredit
Kimberly is the Chief Accounting Officer for American AgCredit, an association in the Farm Credit System. Before joining American AgCredit (on November 1, 2019) Kimberly was a managing director in the Assurance practice in PwC’s Denver office. During her 31+ years at PwC, she specialized in the financial services industry including banking and asset management companies. Kimberly also held the role of Diversity Leader for the PwC Denver office and was very involved in campus recruiting and coaching and mentoring PwC staff. Outside of work, Kimberly is the mother of 1 son, Jason (20), who attends Colorado State University, and 2 fluffy dogs, Brodie and Bella. She is extremely involved in the community and serves as the Mile High United Way Women United chairperson and the Vice Chair for United Way Worldwide’s Women United Global Leadership Council.
Rosie Stafford Smith [More Info]
Senior Director, Product Development & Enablement
United Way Worldwide
Rosie Stafford Smith recently transitioned from her role as VP of Strategic Initiatives at United Way of Greater St. Louis to supporting United Way Worldwide's rollout of Shared Purpose across the network. In her six years with St. Louis, she helped develop, pilot, and eventually led the team providing a customized suite of products designed to meet the needs of corporate and foundation partners outside of the workplace campaign.
Lindsay Torrico [More Info]
Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy
United Way Worldwide
Lindsay Torrico is the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at United Way Worldwide. In this role, Lindsay fights to improve education, increase job opportunities and empower individuals to be active and engaged members in their communities. Previously, she worked as a Legislative Correspondent and Aide for then-Senator John Kerry, where she spearheaded legislation to provide stable housing to youth who are aging out of foster care. She also worked in social policy positions at the local level, including City Year-Los Angeles and the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Lindsay serves on the Board of Trustees of the Convergence Center of Policy Resolution and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Nonprofit VOTE. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
Chloe Troll [More Info]
Director, Communications
United Way of Palm Beach County
Chloe Troll is the Director of Communications for United Way of Palm Beach County. Since joining the United Way team in 2016, Chloe has used her communications background to help promote internal cross-functional collaboration and position United Way of Palm Beach County to begin its full embrace of the Modern United Way digital transformation. Chloe is active in United Way of Palm Beach Countys Emerging Leaders Society, serves on several local committees, and is passionate about United Way of Palm Beach Countys work in hunger relief. She earned her bachelors degree in Christian Social Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her masters degree in Mass Communication Public Relations from the University of Florida.
Brigitte Truong [More Info]
Multimedia Host and Producer
Brigitte Truong has solidified herself as a go-to source in Toronto for the latest trends in lifestyle and entertainment as a Multimedia Host and Producer on the big and small screens and the Founder of B.Tru Media. She's collaborated with notable brands across the lifestyle spectrum including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Marriott Traveler, Sport Chek, Staples, and Pantene to create elevated digital content that engages audiences through creative and organic storytelling. Through her work, Brigitte hopes to inspire people of all ages to eradicate #FOMO from their lexicon, tap into their inner potential and live life by their own design.
Erica Wiley [More Info]
Vice President, Development
United Way of King County
Erica Wiley has been with United Way of King County since 2001. She is responsible for leading the Development Team in achieving annual goals of over $40 million. In this role, Erica provides leadership and direction for setting annual campaign strategies and goals. She has championed cross-departmental collaboration and helping people live their values through philanthropy. Under her leadership, United Way of King County has evolved to meet modern donor needs through a strong and successful system of consultative sales and data-driven decision-making. Erica is an active volunteer and a strong community voice in the work to end homelessness in King County. Prior to joining United Way of King County, Erica was the Political and Development Director for the Washington State Democratic Party. She has more than 20 years of successful experience in fundraising and management in the non-profit sector. Erica holds a bachelor degree in Political Economy from The Evergreen State College and a MBA from Western Governors University. When not at work, Erica enjoys artistic pursuits, volunteering, sailing, and exploring the PNW with her dog, Lola.
Brenda Williams [More Info]
Board Member
Women United Global Leadership Council
Brenda Williams has been a member of the Women United Global Leadership Council since 2016 and is a founding member of Women United for the the United Way of Thurston County where she serves on the Steering Committee. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Brenda graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with degrees in Economics and English. She worked in the Finance Division for Bullock’s Department Stores in California until moving to Washington in 1993 where she started and owned two small businesses. Brenda enjoys golf and is an avid tennis player. She is Co-Commissioner for the Washington State Senior Games for Tennis and has competed nationally in a variety of tennis events.
Sarah Yergeau [More Info]
Director, Digital Advocacy
United Way Worldwide
Sarah Yergeau is the Director of Digital Advocacy at United Way Worldwide. As a member of the public policy team, she is responsible for developing digital advocacy and individual engagement campaigns, as well as planning advocacy trainings for the United Way network. Sarah came to United Way Worldwide from Westchester Children’s Association, a children’s advocacy organization in New York. Sarah graduated from Union College with a B.A. in Sociology and Economics. Following graduation, she was awarded the Minerva Fellowship and worked at Engeye Health Clinic in rural Uganda. Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors for Engeye, Inc.
Meghan Yuri Young [More Info]
United Way Global Brand Ambassador
United Way Worldwide
Meghan Young is a writer, producer and, most recently, a correspondent on Breakfast Television, born and raised in Scarborough. She’s been in the media industry for over a decade and has since branched off to focus on philanthropic pursuits and the mental health community, specifically through The Sad Collective. As a speaker and advocate, her goal is to not only promote happier, healthier lifestyles any way she can, but also awareness and activism individually and collectively.
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