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Volunteer community leaders engage in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and grant decisions. More than 250 volunteer leaders, organized throughout 13 advisory boards and committees, help United Way make smart decisions about ongoing issues in our communities and urgent needs as they arise.

Board of Directors &
County Advisory Boards


Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Committee Chair | Sarah Jones, Truist

Academic Success Panel Chairs
Al Holzinger
, Community Volunteer
Katie Kindred, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard

County Representatives
Aminata Traore
, Community Volunteer
Austin Sullivan, Community Volunteer
Dr. Sandra Nethels, Ph.D., Effingham County School District

Crisis Intervention Panel Chairs
Chelsea Sawyer
Elizabeth Summerell, Marcum LLP, SPAC Group

Economic Opportunity Panel Chairs
Jeannie Alday
, Chatham County
Linda Evans, Community Volunteer

Health and Safety Panel Chairs
Anita Wilson
, Georgia Ports Authority
Bill Wallace, Community Volunteer

Living Independence Panel Chairs
Dr. Del Bharath, Ph.D.
, Savannah State University
Dr. Elsie Smalls, Ph.D., Columbia Southern University

Youth Development Panel Chair
Will Gruver
, Jan-Pro

Brian Hunt, First Chatham Bank
Lois Modell, Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision
Tom Pace, Thomas & Hutton
Dr. Michael Toma, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University
Doris Williams, Mary’s Place, formerly Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire

Chair | Stephanie Jones-Heath, Diversity Health Center

Katrina Bostick, Family Promise of the Coastal Empire
Caila Brown, Bike Walk Savannah
Gail Eubanks, Savannah Technical College
Wendy Futch, Bryan County Family Connection
Alicia Johnson, Step Up Savannah
Paula Kreissler, Healthy Savannah
Patti Lyons, Senior Citizens Inc.
Laura Lane McKinnon, Savannah Hospice
Clyde Newton, SCCPSS
Lisette Rocelli, Agenda Latina USA
Pastor Samuel Rodriquez, Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana
de Savannah
Audrey Singleton, Child Care Consultant
Joe Tallent, Effingham Health System

Treasurer | Mark Sprosty, SEDA

Al Holzinger, Retired
Bard Way, Safe Shelter
Marc Hefner, WSAV
Linda Cramer, Chatham County
Tom Reilly, Retired
Nick Jennings, Georgia Power

Chair | Bob Klausmeier, Renfroe Outdoor Advertising

Bill Armstrong, WJCL
Somi Benson-Jaja, Shot by Somi Studios
Cynthia Cradduck, Cecilia Russo Marketing
Dan Flaxer, WSAV
Marianne Ganem-Poppell, Savannah Master Calendar
Stacy Jennings, Savannah-Chatham County
Public School System
Andy LaViola, WTOC
Mia Mance, Dick Broadcasting
Paul Mazo, Stage Front
Tanya Milton, The Savannah Tribune
Diana Morrison, Advertising Speciality Services
Betsy Nolen, Chatham County Sherrif’s Office
Susanne Smith, Cecilia Russo Marketing
Cecilia Russo Turner, Cecilia Russo Marketing
Jason Usry, WJCL
Andrea Wood, Savannah Morning News

Co-Chair | Kimberly Ballard-Washington, Savannah State University
Co-Chair | Austin Sullivan, General Mills – Retired

Katrina Bostick, Family Promise of the Coastal Empire
Ryan Chandler, Colonial Oil Group
Dr. Bertice Berry, Author/Lecturer
Bill Haile, Community Volunteer
Larry Silbermann, WTOC
Ricky Temple, Overcoming by Faith
Antwone Smoak, World Trade Center Savannah

Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Committee
Members for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Coming Soon

Chair | Cecilia Russo Turner, Cecilia Russo Marketing

Lynn Brennan, Retired
Dr. Joe Buck, SCCPSS Board of Education
Cynthia Cradduck, Cecilia Russo Marketing
Chief Terry Enoch, SCCPSS Board of Education Police Dept
Fitz Haile, Independent Contractor
Susan Hancock, Abshire Public Relations
Sam McCachern, Thomas & Hutton
John Picker, Retired
Steve Pound, Saint Joseph’s/Candler Health System
Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard
Dr. Zelonia Williams, Future Minds Adult Education & Literacy

Chair | Michael Kaigler,  Chatham County Manager’s Office

Mark Bennett, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Ryan Chandler, Colonial Group, Inc.
Leia Dedic, Guidehouse Consulting
Kay Ford, BankSouth
Jeff Kole, Kole Management
Sam McCachern, Thomas & Hutton
Jeff O’Connor, First Citizens Bank
Ken Rabitsch, Synovus
Austin Sullivan, General Mills – Retired
Mike Toma, Georgia Southern University
Taffanye Young, City of Savannah

Chair | Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacret Pritchard

Dr. Ken Gassiot, Georgia Southern University
Matt Gill, Effingham Emergency Management
Michael Kaigler, Chatham County
Darrell Naylor-Johnson, Savannah College of Art & Design
Betsy Nolen, Chatham County Police Department
Charles Pennington, Georgia Ports Authority
Erina Tandy, Savannah College of Art & Design
Margaret VanHouton, DS Smith
Julie Wade, Tharro’s Place
Jennifer Wright, Memorial Health

Chair | Andrew Cosey, Austin Hill Realty
Vice-Chair | Tara Nobles, Community Volunteer
Director of Community Involvement | Ruben Ramos, Sotheby’s Internaitonal Realty
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Antwone Smoak, World Trade Center Savannah
Director of Marketing | Caitlin Teuton, Thomas & Hutton
Member-at Large | Craig Tootle, United Way of the Coastal Empire

Faces of the Community Giving Campaign

Media Partners

Dick Broadcasting

Savannah Business Journal

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