Fifteen years ago Pat Fayo was driving home from a grueling twelve hour day at her corporate job. During that drive she had an epiphany. After reflecting upon what she was accomplishing, she realized it wasn’t enough.
Phil Lekanides has been a member of Young Leaders United for over four years. During his tenure with United Way he has contributed countless hours to several initiatives. He has refurbished homes with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, beautified the City of Poughkeepsie with the Middle Main initiative, served as a community outreach volunteer, and collected food donations.
Jodi Harris has been a long time United Way ambassador, first as a Young Leader, then as a Loaned Executive. This year Jodi is the co-chair for Central Hudson’s United Way Workplace Campaign. In her new role she has managed several events aimed at increasing employee giving and participation. “The United Way campaign is ingrained in our company culture, I just try to keep the momentum going.”
We do well when our community does well; it’s in our DNA,” explained Rammie Nesheiwat, Regional Retail Manager at M&T Bank, after leading his team on a ‘Make a Difference Day’ project. Rammie and his team of M&T employees cleaned up the City of Poughkeepsie in partnership with Hudson River Housing’s ‘Middle Main Initiative.’
Amanda Sucato manages Energy Efficiency programs at Central Hudson, helping customers to get the most value out of their electricity and natural gas. Throughout her ten years at Central Hudson, she has become a respected leader and was a natural choice for chair of the utility’s 2015-2016 United Way workplace campaign.
Wendy Mann is no stranger to volunteer work, so when her department manager asked her to join the Marshall & Sterling team for Make a Difference Day
Maria Gardner has always had a green thumb, so she was right at home when she volunteered on the September 11th National Day of Service.
On September 11th, Ann Metz, along with her co-workers from Ball Corporation, paid tribute to the victims of the national tragedy by performing service activities to improve their community. Ann has participated in Ball Corporation Community Ambassador volunteer programs for several years but she hadn’t participated in a 9/11 Day of Service in the past.
Courtney Kelley truly embodies the spirit of volunteering. Through her work with the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition, short for Creating Assets Saving Hope, Courtney has filed the taxes of over 100 Hudson Valley residents free of cost. Courtney served as a Tax Counselor this past year.
Kimberly Kochem began her United Way career over three years ago. As the Vice President of Community Impact, Kimberly designs and implements the community investment strategy. “I analyze data and work with local thought leaders and topical experts to ensure our strategy is as effective as possible.”