Missed our Annual Meeting? Here’s a recap.

Missed our Annual Meeting? Here’s a recap.


From left: Linda Benfield, Amy Lindner, and Cory Nettles

February 28, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and hundreds of community partners gathered at Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank building for our Annual Meeting. This event allows United Way donors and volunteers get the latest data on their investment, hear stories of community change they made possible, and celebrate our award winners.

Thank you to Baker Tilly, our longtime Annual Meeting sponsor.  

In case you missed it, here are some exciting updates from the 2020 United Way Annual Meeting:

Announcement of 2020 Campaign Co-chairs

United Way is pleased to announce four community leaders to head up the 2020 Community Campaign: Kelly Grebe, Community Leader; Austin Ramirez, CEO, Husco International; John Raymond, Sr., MD, President & CEO, Medical College of Wisconsin; and Judson Snyder, President, BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company and BMO’s Senior Executive for Southeast Wisconsin.

“Once again this year we have a stellar lineup of talented individuals leading our annual campaign,” said Amy Lindner, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “We are so grateful for their commitment to our community and for stepping forward in these important roles.”

Announcement of newly-appointed Board Chair

Linda E. Benfield, Managing Partner, Milwaukee Office at Foley & Lardner LLP is the new Board Chair. She succeeds Cory L. Nettles, Managing Director/Partner, Generation Growth Capital, Inc.

“We are honored to have Linda as our newly appointed Board Chair,” said Lindner. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position, and we are excited for her leadership in guiding the United Way Board of Directors. We also want to send our thanks and congratulations to Cory Nettles for his outstanding work as our Board Chair these past two years.”

Award presentations

The Gwen T. Jackson Community Service Award was given to James Mathy, Housing Administrator at Milwaukee County, and Eric Collins-Dyke, Assistant Administrator of Supportive Housing and Homelessness Services for Milwaukee County. This award is presented annually to the United Way volunteer who best exemplifies a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to our community. 

The recipient of the John A. Puelicher Award for Loaned Executive excellence was David Michalski. The recipient of the Puelicher Award is a true example of what it means to Live United. They represent United Way’s strong values and commitment to our local community.

The Linda McFerrin African American Nonprofit Leadership Award was presented to Paula Penebaker, recently retired from her position as President & CEO of YWCA after serving the organization for 20 years. The recipient of this annual award is chosen by United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society and a $5,000 grant is made to the organization they represent.

The Billy and Ethel Heller Award was awarded to Cory L. Nettles, Founder and Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., and the United Way Board Chair for the past two years. This award recognizes an individual, family or foundation which best epitomizes outstanding service to the community and leadership in financial support of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

Updated Board of Directors listing

United Way announced the complete list of Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

The 2020 - 2021 Board of Directors will be led by Linda E. Benfield, Managing Partner, Milwaukee Office at Foley & Lardner LLP as Board Chair; Donald W. Layden, Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP / Baird Capital as Vice Chair; Kelly H. Grebe, Community Leader as Secretary; and Scott A. Wrobbel, Central Region Market Leader & Milwaukee Managing Partner at Deloitte as Treasurer.  

For a full list of the 2020 United Way Board of Directors, click here.

Thank you to everyone who donated, advocated, and volunteered with United Way over the past year. It’s simple: we couldn’t do it without you!

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