Meet Your Local United Way Staffdedicated to the people we serve to ensure a thriving Erie community
Name:Cheryl Bates Title:Program Director, United Way Erie FREE Taxes Years at UW:10 years Favorite thing about Erie is access to Presque Isle
Name: Joelyn Bush Title: Director of Marketing and Communications Years at United Way: 7 Favorite thing about Erie: I am a four-season embracer! From kayaking to snowshoeing, I enjoy Erie countywide Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter! I am also enthusiastic about the strong collaborations we are fortunate to have in many sectors and pandemic aside, our community events, especially our ethnic festivals and the Blues & Jazz Festival!
Name: Julie Chacona Title: Director of Major Gifts Years at UW: 3 1/2 months Favorite things about Erie: Having the lake to enjoy year-round is a gift to appreciate and respect as water is a natural resource that is not accessible to many people in our country. And I also have to addRomolo Chocolates!
Name: Damali Donovan Title: Community School Liaison—AmeriCorps*VISTA Years at UW: 1 year, 6 months Favorite thing about Erie: I love Erie in the summer and the amazing people I have met and that have helped me along my journey in life.
Name: Bill Jackson Title: President Years at UW: 25 Favorite thing about Erie: We truly have community here. It’s not just a place to live, it’s a place where absolutely anyone can really make a positive impact. And let’s not forget those amazing sunsets!
Name: Erica Jackson Title: Community Impact Manager of Grant Administration Years at UW: 1 Favorite thing about Erie is enjoying the beauty of the Peninsula, especially in the summer.
Name: Mike Jaruszewicz Title: Vice President of Community Impact Years at UWEC: 10 Favorite thing about Erie: This is a tough question…I really appreciate being so close to our downtown and waterfront because there is so much to enjoy year-round!
Name: Stephanie King Title: Director of Education Years at UWEC: 1 year, 9 months Favorite thing about Erie: I have lived in Erie most of my life and most of our family is here. I love how there is something for everyone in our town. From family-friendly places to adult-only events, there is always something to keep you interested in our community.
Name: Sara Naughton Title: Community Impact Coordinator Years at UWEC: 5 months Favorite thing about Erie: Erie holds a very special place in my heart for so many reasons, but my favorite part of our community is Presque Isle. Whenever I need to clear my head, I head to the beach! Our city holds so many hidden gems.
Name: Ron Oliver Title: AFL-CIO Community Service Labor Liaison, Vice President Labor Division, United Way of Erie County Years: 10 Favorite things about Erie: People, love to network, especially union members; The City of Erie, many locations to go and see. Presque Isle Park, Downtown areas, Bayfront, etc.; Great golf courses and nonprofit organizations
Name: Joanna Peters Title: Administrative Assistant Years at UW: 7 Favorite thing about Erie is the lake. Relaxing at the beach and fishing during the summer monthis a gift we have that everyone should take advantage of. This past weekend my husband and I went and sat at the lake and looked at the ice dunes.
Name: Bailey Pituch Title: Community Impact Manager of Data & Evaluation Years @ UW: 1 year, 4 months Favorite thing about Erie: Accessible Arts & Culture. I would plan my year around the Erie Art Museum’s quarterly Gallery Nights! I moved back to Erie in 2018 for the Blues & Jazz Festival, so that will always hold a place in my heart.
Name: Laurie Root Title: Senior Vice President Years at UW: 10 Favorite thing about Erie: After living in the metro DC area, coming back to Erie with its strong sense of community was really refreshing. Watching all of the positive movement is so exciting and how people and organization are working together like never before! Not to mention the natural beauty of where we are!
Name: Natalie Rugare Title: Marketing Assistant Years at UW: 6 months |Favorite thing about Erie: Erie is full of uniqueness when it comes to its breathtaking nature spots and the generosity of its community.
Name: Gina Schaefer Title: Resource Development and Office Manager Years at UW: 23 Favorite thing about Erie: I have lived in Erie almost all my life, it is a great city with a lot of things to do year-round. I enjoy being able to experience all the seasons, but the best time of the year in Erie is summer. Presque Isle is amazing, as well as all the local events that take place.
Name: Ashley Wilczynski Title: Administrative Support & Database Associate Years at UWEC: 5 Favorite thing about Erie: I have lived in Erie most of my life, its where (most of) my family is. Everything is close and it is not too big of a city. When I do crave the big city, I have a few to choose from within a few hours' drive.
Name:Christine Yuhas Title: Controller Years @ UW: 32 Favorite thing about Erie: Everyone loves Presque Isle but I also love the unique architecture that can be found. From the mansions on 6th street to the beautiful churches that can be found around town. Appreciate the work that is being done to preserve them!
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