Every member of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County's team is dedicated to changing outcomes for children and creating communities where families thrive and prosper. With your help, we are changing lives for the better, cradle to career.
President & CEO
Merle Berke-Schlessel, Esq.
President & CEO
"It is time to change the status quo. We must encourage social innovation and test new ways of solving entrenched problems. We can do this by coming together and bringing diverse ideas to the table. We can LIVE UNITED!"
Director, Resource Development
“As the Resoure Development Director I look forward to fostering strong relationships between businesses and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. I love to help companies find the perfect way to connect with the amazing work that United Way does in our community.”
Information and Data Manager
"My position involves managing with our data warehouse which stores data related to all those we interact with. This allows our staff to have the information they need to deliver excellent customer service to our donors, community partners, and other United Ways."
Sr. Vice President Strategic Initiatives
"I am excited about the collaborative work we are doing to give every child the opportunity to succeed."
Project and Outreach Manager for Bridgeport Prospers
"I have always been a firm believer in doing work that allows you to love what you do, and do what you love. Change is often hard to enact; but with passion, earnestness and dedication it becomes much more possible. United Way as an organization, along with its outstanding staff and resources, serves as the epitome of how change is brought about. I am delighted and grateful to have been given the opportunity to help create such change that will positively influence the community and help build the future leaders of tomorrow."
Roel A. Eblamo
Pledge, DC, Proc & A/R
"In maintaining the highest standard of performing the above tasks gives our organization a valuable fiscal information about the funds that were raised and ability to financially commit to any impactful community activities/programs. Further, complying with donors’ wishes of where to funnel their funds nourishes the fiduciary relationship forged between United Way and its communities through the years."
"As Senior Accountant I manage and report on our financials, handle benefits and payroll, and manage the grants we receive and those we provide to our partners. For me it’s not just numbers. It makes me feel good about the money we are investing in the community and the lives we are able to make better."
“I look forward to telling the stories of those who’s lives have been changed by United Way and those who volunteer and give to the organization to make the work possible. It’s a privilege to be part of the team.”
Hilda P. Johnson
Chief Financial Officer
"I LIVE UNITED by ensuring United Way of Coastal Fairfield County consistently adheres to strict accountability and transparency standards to maintain financial integrity and donor trust."
Chief Operating Officer
"I help manage all hands-on operational aspects of our United Way and certain key programmatic initiatives, including our work in preventing and ending homelessness – all with a focus on helping our United Way be more successful in changing the odds for children in our region. Working with others, I also help set strategy for overall revenue generation, with direct responsibility for all phases of major gifts and special revenue initiatives."
Executive Director, Bridgeport Prospers
"I am excited to bring my knowledge and passion for early childhood to the Bridgeport Prospers Cradle to Career Collective Impact movement, through the backbone support of United Way. Investment in very young children, their families and education support systems, lays the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society."