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May 02, 2017

Changing of the Guard

United Way of Greater Cincinnati held its annual Leaders and Legends luncheon on Wednesday, April 19, to honor several outstanding volunteers for their commitment to improving lives and making our community a better place.

In addition to recognizing the amazing volunteers, United Way also celebrated and honored Carl Satterwhite for his two years of service as the Chair of United Way's Board of Directors.

Satterwhite, president and owner, RCF Group, passed the torch to the new Board Chair, Julia Poston, managing partner, EY. 

"Carl, on behalf of the Board of Directors, all of our leadership volunteers, the United Way staff, and the entire community, I want to thank you for your dedicated service as our board chair over the past 2 years," said Poston. "Your strategic thinking and leadership played a critical role as we worked together to improve our community. Thank you!"


As part of the luncheon, Satterwhite and Poston also did a look back at some of our 2016 achievements and a look ahead at the important work we have in front of us in 2017 and beyond. 

Topics included United Way's work with Cincinnati Preschool Promise, the Child Poverty Collaborative, the annual campaign and The Shift.

"Last Summer, United Way was selected by Cincinnati Public Schools to serve as the trusted entity to oversee the expansion of quality preschool in Cincinnati contingent upon a successful ballot initiative.  And as we are all so proud to say, last November, our community helped pass Issue 44 by a historic margin – bringing an additional $48 million per year over the next five years to help Cincinnati children, with $15 million directly supporting access to quality preschool for Cincinnati’s 3 and 4 year olds. This was a monumental win for our entire community," said Satterwhite.


"As part of an action plan developed in 2016, the Child Poverty Collaborative is leading several new initiatives beginning in 2017 including, One-to-One Family Coaching and an Employer HR Roundtable," said Poston

"Under the leadership of Cincinnati Bell president and CEO Ted Torbeck, last year we raised more than $62.1 million for our community," said Satterwhite.

"In 2017, we are piloting two projects from The Shift. Community Grandparents, which connects retired neighborhood residents with young moms for mentorship, is being piloted by Community Matters in Lower Price Hill. And this summer we will launch Beats ‘N Eats, a mobile food program aimed at increasing the number of teens accessing summer food programs," said Poston. 


In addition to the change in Board Chair, United Way also saw several members of the Board retire, while adding a group of new Board members.

retiring board members

Mark F. Biegger, The Procter & Gamble Company
Kevin Carroll, The Procter & Gamble Company
Merwin Grayson Jr., Community Volunteer
Edward Hughes, Ph.D., The Hughes Group
Jerome Kathman, LPK, Inc.
Jane M. Keller, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
Lee Ann Liska, Community Volunteer
Geoffrey Mearns, Nothern Kentucky University
Santa Ono, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Penny Pensak, Community Volunteer
Michael R. Prescott, U.S. Bank
Johnna N. Reeder, REDI Cincinnati, LLC
Ryan Richey, Western & Southern Financial Group
Shane J. Starkey, Thompson Hine, LLC
George E. Yund, Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Karen M. Zengel, The Nielson Company

retiring executive committee members

Jane M. Keller, Chair, Leadership Council of Nonprofits
Scott D. Phillips, Chair, Middletown Action Council
Kenneth W. Stecher, Board Vice Chair, Accountability & Services

New board members

Kim Chiodi, Western & Southern Financial Group
Brian Cox, Macy's
Fernando Figueroa, Gateway Community & Technical College
Michael Filomena, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Tracey H. Grabowski, The Procter & Gamble Company
Melvin J. Gravely II, Ph.D., Triversity Construction
Charles M. "Trey" Grayson, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Gary L. Heiman, Standard Textile Co., Inc.
Eric H. Kearney, African American Chamber of Commerce
Candace S. McGraw, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Molly North, Al Neyer
Jeffrey O'Neil, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health
Monica J. Posey, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Heidi Shore, U.S. Bank
Thomas Vaughn, AAA Club Alliance