We are excited about our bright future of giving back to our community, just as we have for generations. And to do this, we are hiring a new generation of leaders! We are expanding our team of innovative partners who will help us advance our causes and serve as advocates in the community.
This new generation includes Amy Ferrell, our new Director of Community Impact. Amy has been with United Way for over a year and will have oversight and responsibility for all our workplace giving campaigns, social media strategies and will work with our community partners on social impact areas. She was formerly with University of the Pacific as both a NCAA Women’s Basketball Star, graduate assistant and then served as Assistant Coach for over 7 years.
Our two newest additions to the team are Jose Serrano and Sam Prak. Jose who has extensive experience in public policy, counseling and community outreach, will serve as our Project Manager for the workplace giving campaigns. He is a graduate of Sacramento State and worked for several years with the Child Abuse Prevention Council.
Sam Prak will oversee the fiscal performance of UWSJC as well as grant support for both the FEMA/Homeland Security and social impact grants. She joins us from prior accounting management positions with Lodi Unified School District and the YMCA. She is a graduate of Humphrey’s College.
Kelly Hunsucker has joined our team as a part-time Project Manager. She comes to us after many years of volunteering in the Veteran Service Organization non-profit space, as the Chapter Captain of the Stockton Team Red, White & Blue chapter as well as the 2019 Elizabeth Dole Foundation California Dole Caregiving Fellow. Kelly looks forward to furthering UWSJC's mission of addressing homelessness and education issues here in San Joaquin County, in addition to lending a hand with the social media and with the MobileCause text-to-donate platform.
Additionally, we welcome Mackenzie Weiland as the United Way of San Joaquin County's Marketing and Communications summer intern. A San Joaquin native, Mackenzie currently attends the University of the Pacific, double-majoring in Media-X and Graphic Design.
Donna Ng who has been part of UWSJC for over 43 years and has been indispensable as our ombudsmen for over four decades and will now serve as the Director of Donor Relations. Donna’s new trajectory will be to connect with existing Donors, Volunteers and Community Partners to maximize our support of those who give directly to our agency.
Most importantly, our Board of Directors has been the catalyst for recent advances both internally and on the community front. Our Board Chair, Tammie Murrell has been pivotal in supporting this new direction and has driven the Board to greater accountability, vision and focus. Tammie is retired from the Stockton Police Department where she served as the highest-ranking police officer on the force-as Captain. She continues to work as the Director of the POST academy at Delta College training future officers. She has a passion and dedication to animals and was a significant leader for the Stockton Animal Shelter, who reduced the kill rate to zero for all animals. (check on this factoid). She has been a member of the UWSJC Board for over 10 years.