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April 22, 2016

Honoring the Spirit of Voluntarism

April is National Volunteer Month, which we have dedicated to honoring and thanking all of our wonderful volunteers, as well as encouraging our community to give back through voluntarism.

Are you looking for ways you can volunteer in your community? Check out United Way Volunteer Connection and join the Live United movement! 


2015 New Century Award winners

The caring and compassion of outstanding volunteers improve lives and foster the spirit of voluntarism. They demonstrate every day what it means to Live United – bringing their passion, expertise and resources to get things done! 

The awards will be presented at the 2016 Leaders & Legends Luncheon, May 17, at Duke Energy Convention Center. To register, please visit


The Geier Family Award for United Way Leadership:

Valarie L. Sheppard, Senior Vice President, Comptroller & Treasurer, P&G – for her leadership capacities, including creation of Impact 2020, which outlines United Way’s strategic direction toward helping children and youth succeed, individuals and families achieve financial stability, and people achieve maximum independence. 

Ruth W. and Robert I. Westheimer Award for Continuous Leadership :

Victor A. Needham III, Director, Kentucky Government & Regulatory Affairs,  Duke Energy

For chairing  the Kentucky Public Policy Committee for six years and, with Duke Energy, hosting legislative receptions on behalf of United Way’s public policy agenda in support of the state’s children and low-income families.   

Neil H. McElroy Award for United Way Resource Development Leadership:

Carri Chandler, Assistant Manager, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. – for leading Toyota to become the first corporate investor in the Pre-K Works initiative in Erlanger-Elsmere and providing the company the opportunity to leave an important legacy. She also chaired the 2015 United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky campaign.

Joseph A. Hall Award for Promoting Diversity: 

Bernie J. Calonge, Retired Managing Director, CEO, Marsh, Inc.

Tillie Hidalgo Lima, President & CEO, Best Upon Request

For co-founding United Way’s Hispanic Leadership Society and recruiting members of the Hispanic community to support United Way at the Tocqueville level, engaging segments of the community with a unique voice and tailored message.


Impact Leadership Award:

John S. Prout, Retired President and CEO, TriHealth – for chairing Partners for a Competitive Workforce, providing overall strategic leadership and working to help people develop the skills they need to get good jobs and help businesses access skilled workers in the tri-state. 


Improving Our Community

Greg M. Schneider, Delivery Driver and Ohio Valley District Volunteer Coordinator, UPS, Inc. -- for spearheading UPS’ local volunteer program and launching Operation Ramp It Up For Veterans in the region and throughout the country

W. Matthew Schuler, Tax Manager, EY -- for collaborating United Way and EY Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)/VITA efforts and for his outstanding vision for this corporate partnership 

Developing Resources

Michele Hawkins, Chief Compliance Officer/ Managing Director, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. -- for chairing the Herbert R. Brown Society, engaging the African American community in the work of United Way.  

Strengthening Our Region

Robert Killins, Jr., Program Director, Vibrant Places, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation -- for his past leadership of the Vibrant Neighborhoods Vision Council and advancing the place matters initiative

Thomas K. Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Membership & Chief Marketing Officer, AAA Club Alliance Inc. – for leading  the Participant Recruitment Committee  of United Way’s Board Orientation Leadership Development (BOLD) Program

Improving Our Accountability and Effectiveness


Catalyst for Achievement Action Group, Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati -- for its efforts in the Making Sense of Language Arts programs for kindergartners at Rothenberg and Winton Hills elementary schools

Communicating Our Message

Ralph O. Lee, Jr., Vice President, Human Resources, Total Quality Logistics -- for his leadership as 2015 United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Eastern Area Campaign Chair and for his participation in the Ross Love Memorial Scholarship program for African American college students