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Our Team

Our team of dynamic individuals are passionate about community change.

Leadership Team

Michelle Braun

President and CEO

Michelle Braun is passionate about serving her community. Prior to becoming President and CEO of United Way in 2014, she served in many capacities, including serving as a member of United Way’s board of directors, community chair for RealSense and as the vice president of Resource Development where she led a record-setting campaign. Michelle is a member of Leadership Jacksonville’s class of 2017 and United Way Worldwide’s Network Partnership Group. She is married to Paul, an artist, and has two children, Quinn and Shea.

Phyllis Martin

Head of Community Impact and Strategic Investments

Phyllis Martin is an experienced nonprofit leader. Driven by a strong passion for community, systems change, and giving voice to those whose voices are often times marginalized or ignored, she takes pride in providing the best leadership possible. Her goals include building strong, meaningful and honest partnerships among as many stakeholders as possible in order to get results for our community and for United Way. Outside of the office Phyllis enjoys bike riding, exercise, music, reading, going to the beach, shopping, and being with her husband, Tim, and dog, Finn.

Maureen Mercho

Senior VP of Marketing, Communication and Corporate Engagement

Maureen Mercho has experience leading not for profits in fundraising, communication and marketing. Driven by the desire to connect people’s passion to community needs, she takes pride in providing the best donor journey possible. Her goals at United Way include creating change through building greater connections and awareness to solutions. Outside of the office, Maureen enjoys her family, dog ZsaZsa and the beach.

Lori Smith

Head of HR and Organizational Development

Lori Smith is an experienced HR leader with demonstrated success as a strategic business partner. She has spent the majority of her career in the HR industry, gaining experiences in areas such as Employee Relations, Recruiting/Talent Management, FMLA/ADA and Diversity& Inclusion. Driven by results, she takes pride in building strong relationships and providing the best HR support possible. Outside of the office, Lori enjoys reading, decorating and spending time with her family.

Board of Directors

GEORGE SCANLON, Chair

MICHAEL HERMAN, Vice-Chair
Rayonier Advanced Materials

DOUGLAS BAER, 2018 Campaign Chair
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital


SCOTT COBLE
Wells Fargo

BARBARA DRAKE
Barbara Drake Trading, LLC

MELISSA DYKES
JEA

NATHANIEL FORD
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

PAT GERAGHTY
Florida Blue/Guidewell

ROBERT HILL
Acosta Sales and Marketing

FRANK MATIRE
NCR

DAVID MILLER
Brightway Insurance

LISA PALMER
Regency Centers

NED PEVERLEY
Acosta Sales and Marketing

MIKE PRENDERGAST
FordHarrison

JIM STEPNOSKI
KPMG

BETH TATE
Citi

RUSS THOMAS
Availity

MICHAEL WARD
Michael Ward & Jennifer Glock Foundation

DELORES BARR WEAVER, Emeritus

JOHN WILBANKS
Baptist Health

UNITED WAY STAFF

MICHELLE BRAUN, President and CEO
United Way of Northeast Florida