Staff Leadership | United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Staff Leadership

Mary Lou Young
Chief Executive Officer

Mary Lou Young is CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and will serve in this capacity through January of 2019.

Prior to 2018, Mary Lou served as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County since 2009. Mary Lou oversaw the merger in 2015 of the former United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County, and has transformed the organization into a driving force for social change. Under Mary Lou’s leadership the organization saw substantial growth reaching unprecedented heights from $45.5 million in 2009 to over $61 million in 2017. Additionally, United Way received one million dollars from Johnson Controls to launch the Johnson Controls Volunteer Engagement Center in summer of 2018.

Mary Lou has a national reputation as a thought leader and has twice been invited to the White House to share United Way’s successful community collaboration and collective impact models. Having previously served on United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council, Mary Lou is currently a member of the United Way Worldwide Network Partnership Group.

Mary Lou’s passion for and dedication to United Way started long before she joined the organization. She is a longtime member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, a founding member of United Way’s Women United in Milwaukee, which is the largest women’s leadership council in annual giving in the United Way network, and a founding member of the United Way-led Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and Collaborative Fund in Milwaukee.

Mary Lou’s many accomplishments have earned her several prestigious awards, including: Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award in 2011, Key Award from the Boys & Girls Club in 2014, Sacagawea Award in 2015, Executive of the Year – Honorable Mention from the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2015, Humanitarian Award from St. Francis Children’s Center in 2016, the Women Who Serve Award from BMO Harris Bank in 2017, and in 2018 received the Distinguished Citizens Award from Three Harbors Council, BSA.

Prior to joining United Way, Mary Lou headed Global Community Relations for Rockwell Automation where she managed Rockwell’s annual $7+ million philanthropic budget, which invested in community development and technology education worldwide. Mary Lou retired from Rockwell Automation in 2009.

Amy Lindner

Amy Lindner is the president of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and is committed to fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our local community.

Previously, Amy served as the president and CEO of Meta House, a Milwaukee-based non-profit (and United Way partner agency), whose mission is to end the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families, and was a partner at the law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren.

Amy has been recognized widely for her work including as a 2015 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner, a Fellow by the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and a 2014 Community Leader by the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.

A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Amy holds degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Notre Dame Law School.

Filippo Carini
Chief Operating Officer

Fil Carini is the chief operating officer, a position he has held since 2003. During this time, Fil has implemented new financial policies and procedures focused on improving efficiencies resulting in cost savings and increased public transparency. Under Fil’s leadership, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County has been one of the most cost effective United Way and community-based investors in the country.

Fil has been a CPA (currently inactive) since 1991 and has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, healthcare finance, and nonprofit financial and operations management. In 2008, Fil was recognized as CFO of the Year by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Fil currently serves as an alumni member of the United Way Worldwide Financial Issues Committee and has been a board member of the Wisconsin Nonprofit Association and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Board.

Nicole Angresano
Vice President, Community Impact

Nicole Angresano has been with United Way since 2007, where she serves as the Vice President of Community Impact. In this role, she oversees more than 230 United Way-funded health and human service programs, as well as leading United Way’s community-wide teen pregnancy prevention efforts aimed at reducing Milwaukee’s rate of births to teens; United Way’s efforts in this area have been recognized as a national best practice. Under Nicole’s stewardship, United Way was named the backbone organization for the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF), focused on reducing infant mortality.  Nicole was recognized as one of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 and as a Woman of Influence in 2017.

Nicole is actively involved in the Greater Milwaukee community, serving on the boards of First Stage and the Housing Action Coalition, and in various capacities within local collaboratives including Milwaukee Succeeds, Violence Prevention Initiative, and Thriving Waukesha.

Nicole has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with a concentration on adolescent health. She lives with her husband and son in Brown Deer.

Linda McFerrin
Vice President, Special Projects

As of January, 2018, Linda McFerrin is Vice President, Special Project for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Previously, Linda held the role of Vice President, Resource Development. Linda joined United Way as a temporary employee in 1976, when the campaign goal was $12.6 million. Over the next 40 years, she has held 11 different positions within United Way, and was instrumental in growing the annual campaign by over $50 million. In 2015, Linda oversaw the merger of campaign teams from United Way in Waukesha County and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, combining best practices and increasing efficiencies with an aim of raising even more dollars to invest in the community.

In addition to her work at United Way, Linda is a member of Professional Dimensions. Linda holds a B. S. in Criminal Justice from Delta State University.

Craig Nuechterlein
Vice President, Information Technology & Processing

Craig Nuechterlein is the VP of IT and Processing for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, a position he has held since July 2012. During this time, Craig and his team have dramatically improved processes to share donor information between the online pledge system and our primary database, assisted with the development of an online tool to engage millennials which will be used by United Ways across the country, and implemented SharePoint to help streamline processes and improve internal efficiencies.

Aside from his 25+ years of experience working in Information Technology in Milwaukee, Craig is active in CORE/El Centro’s annual fundraiser, is a regular volunteer with United Way’s Season of Caring, and is active in his faith community.

Craig holds a M.A. Information Technology, Concordia University; B.S. Business Administration, Valparaiso University.

Gina Santagati
Vice President, Resource Development

As of January, 2018, Gina Santagati is Vice President, Resource Development for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Previously, Gina served as Associate Vice President, Resource Development, and has been with United Way for 11 years.

In her time at United Way, Gina has effectively developed both individual and corporate relationships to extend United Way’s base of support. In 2011, she implemented steps to increase workplace and corporate giving within Professional Divisions, making up $3.95 million of the overall campaign. Under her direction, all Donor Network groups have seen exponential growth, including Emerging Leaders and the Women United program, which has raised over $100 million making it the largest in the nation and recognized on a global level. Gina also helped found the Philanthropic 5 awards in 2008, which has recognized over 50 exceptional community members for their philanthropy, volunteerism and leadership. In collaboration with United Way Worldwide, Gina with a team of colleagues from United Ways across the US, established and launched LINC, a millennial engagement strategy which connects young people with volunteer opportunities and strategic networking. Most recently, Gina worked with Tocqueville Society and Jane Bradley Pettit Society donors, increasing membership in both groups to their highest since inception.

Gina is also an active community volunteer. She was named a 2015 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Marquette University, and founded Marquette’s National Young Alumni Association, for which she served as president for two years. Gina lives in Shorewood with her husband Giovanni and son Luca.

Jayne Thoma
Vice President, Volunteer Engagement

Jayne Thoma’s career with United Way began in 1988 as a college intern at the United Way of Brown County. Immediately following her graduation, Jayne joined the United Way in Waukesha County as a Communications and Marketing Associate. Since that time, she has served Waukesha County’s United Way in a variety of roles including Director of Communications, Director of Campaign, Interim Executive Director, and Executive Director.

With the recent merger of United Ways in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, Jayne will now lead the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s volunteer engagement activities in her new role as Vice President of the Volunteer Engagement Division.

Known for her strategic and collaborative leadership style, Thoma has been recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction, Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner, and scholarship recipient of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. Jayne also helped United Way in Waukesha County launch the Thriving Waukesha County Initiative in 2011.

Thoma holds a B.A. in Communication Processes and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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