Staff Leadership | United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County


Amy Lindner
President & CEO

Amy Lindner is the president & CEO 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.

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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