President and CEO
Prior to taking this position Cynthia has served in several management positions, in both the non-profit and for-profit community. She most recently was the Operations Manager of Workforce Plus in Tallahassee, Fl which was a regional office for the Department of Labor and the Operations Manager for the Medicaid Call Center for the State of Florida. She went to Florida after spending time in Virginia as the Director of Programs and Services for the Multiple Sclerosis society covering the 51 counties of Western Virginia. Cynthia was a program designer, professional educator, and also served as the lead in public policy for MS in Virginia including key roles in two pieces of legislation and a statewide policy change. She came to Virginia the first time after spending the first 40 years of her life in Pennsylvania, where she had multiple positions, including Vice President of Pritchard Insurance and Financial; Health and Safety for the Red Cross, Director of Admissions and Social Services for a Long Term care facility, Business consultant in Long Term Care, (included teaching for the Life Underwriting Training Council) managing a chocolate company, and a dental practice.She currently serves as a volunteer for: Pennsylvania and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania and National Society Children of the American Revolution, Staunton Rotary, and Waynesboro Symphony. She is also adjunct faculty at Blue Ridge Community College.
Cynthia has 3 children and 4 grandchildren who reside in Calilfornia, Maryland, and Utah.
I was born in Jamestown, NY just outside of cold Buffalo. I moved to sunny Florida in 1985 and worked for various Insurance companies as an administrator then moved into the field of Human Resources. I relocated to Virginia to be closer to family and live in Herndon, VA for 6 years. While in Herndon I worked for Micron Technology in Manassas, VA as a Human Resources Administrator-Staffing & Employment. After that I went to worked for Keane, Inc. in McLean, VA as a Senior Human Resources Administrator. I had the opportunity to relocate and work out of my home so moved to Staunton, VA to be closer to my two brothers and their families.
I am now the Operations Manager of the United Way of Greater Augusta and have been with the organization for three years.
I live in Staunton, VA with my two children and my two dogs.
Community Investment and Relations Manager
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1999, Paul moved to Richmond, VA where he spent several years working for an environmental organization dedicated to shaping public policy to protect Virginia’s natural resources. Learning the fundamentals in public outreach, program coordination, and staff management, Paul worked with a small staff of dedicated activists to help create statewide recognition of numerous environmental campaigns.
In 2009, Paul moved to Charlottesville, VA to work as a Community Organizer in the city’s public housing community. In this role, he worked alongside residents to help reduce economic inequality, improve basic quality of life, and ensure the low-income community had a voice in local issues.
In addition, Paul has also worked in the for-profit sector as the Outreach Coordinator for a local pharmacy in Greensboro, NC. He currently lives in Staunton.
Financial Stability Resource Coordinator
Sara joins the United Way of Greater Augusta after working at the United Way of the River Cities in Huntington, WV. Sara's work on dropout prevention by the design and implementaiton of Education Matters, a community coalition focused on which included representation from five diverse sectors; faith-based, parent/student, business, public school system and non-profit. Sara has training in “Communities in Poverty”, Achieving Collective Impact, Grant-Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and VITA tax program. She has moderated or facilitated the following programs: Communities in Schools, Dropout Prevention Community Dialogues, Mental Health Community Forum, What’s Next-Huntington Forum, Community Conversation: Neighborhood Safety, Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership Teen Summit, and Dropout Prevention Community Dialogues.