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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

(203) 339-6302
merle@unitedwaycfc.org

"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!"

 


Deborah Cooper
Information and Data Manager
(203) 339-6311
dcooper@unitedwaycfc.org

"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."

 

Cathy DeCesare
Sr. Vice President Strategic Initiatives

(203) 339-6309
cdecesare@unitedwaycfc.org

"I am excited about the collaborative work we are doing to give every child the opportunity to succeed."

 

 

Jana Douglas
Project and Outreach Manager for Bridgeport Prospers

jdouglas@unitedwaycfc.org

"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
(203) 339-6323
reblamo@unitedwaycfc.org

"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."

 

Izabela Frankiewicz
Senior Accountant
(203) 339-6348
ifrankiewicz@unitedwaycfc.org

"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."

Dana Freeman
Commu
nications Manager
(203) 339-6347
dfreeman@unitedwaycfc.org

“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.”

 

Cathy J. Greco
Executive
Vice President Corporate Accounts
(203) 339-6304
cgreco@unitedwaycfc.org

"In my role, I oversee the Corporate campaign staff and collectively we raise $4.7 million.  I enjoy seeing the companies really connecting with our work and the feeling they get of giving back to the community through United Way."

 

Hilda P. Johnson
Chief Financial Officer
(203) 339-6322
hjohnson@unitedwaycfc.org

"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."
 

David Kennedy
Chief Operating Officer
(203) 339-6356
dkennedy@unitedwaycfc.org

"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."
 

Allison Logan
Acting Executive Director, Bridgeport Prospers
(203) 339-6318
alogan@unitedwaycfc.org

"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."

 

 

Karen K. Sportini
Director, Resource Development
(203) 339-6314
ksportini@unitedwaycfc.org

"As a fundraiser in both the residential and workplace arenas, I feel so fortunate to witness the goodness of people on a daily basis."