UWGT Staff

Senior Leadership at UWGT

Mack Koonce - President and CEO

Mack Koonce joined United Way of the Greater Triangle in September 2012, returning to his home state and advocating for a collaborative approach to address some of the area’s most pressing issues. Under Mack’s leadership, the organization has become a stronger community partner through bold strategic vision, cross-sector engagement, and focused community investments. Prior to joining United Way, Mack served as Chief Operating Officer and chief strategist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS), a $275 million national non-profit network of 360 local community affiliates. During his 10-year tenure, BBBS doubled its revenues and children served. He helped transform the organization into one of the most innovative, effective, and performance oriented non-profits. With more than 30 years of successful leadership in major corporations, including Wyndham Hotels and American Express, he has an aptitude for leading organizations through transformational times.

An alumnus of Carolina and the Kenan-Flagler Business School, he and his wife, Hope, live in Chapel Hill.

Edwin Jeffords - CIO & SVP, Information Services

Edwin Jeffords designs and implements the hardware, software, and application strategy for the organization; he also supervises 2-1-1 and Teaming for Technology. As new technologies become available, Edwin finds creative, cost-effective solutions for fundraising, events, promotions, and brand awareness to further the mission and the work of the organization. He has been the driving force behind United Way of the Greater Triangle’s social media use evolution since 2008, and currently serves on United Way Worldwide’s Social Media Advisory Board.

Melanie Davis-Jones - Chief Strategy Officer;
SVP, Marketing & Community Engagement

Her focus is on developing brand strategies to increase awareness of issues and engage wider audiences in the organization’s community impact work to advance United Way’s role as community partner, funder, and convener. Previously, she served as the head of marketing for the North Carolina Museum of Art. Melanie spent over a decade in advertising agencies, working on major brands including McDonald’s, Royal Caribbean and Pepsi. She leads an integrated marketing effort including graphic design, strategic messaging, volunteerism, and community outreach.

Wilson Simmons - VP, Finance

In his role as Vice President of Finance, Wilson Simmons oversees all aspects of financial reporting and stewardship, and compliance. Wilson is a graduate of North Carolina State University and previously held positions in public and corporate accounting prior to joining United Way of the Greater Triangle in 2011. He leads a Finance team dedicated to helping United Way of the Greater Triangle maximize community impact through its financial resources while striving to provide high levels of transparency for all community stakeholders.

Full Staff Directory

The dial-by-extension directory below will allow you to reach any staff person at United Way of the Greater Triangle.  Just dial 919-460-8687, and then use the appropriate extension from the directory below.  Can't find who you're looking for?  Use the search box and begin typing their first name, last name, or title.
112Alison HicksDirector of Workplace Giving
117Bonnie AshleyProgram Director - Teaming for Technology
135Britney McCoyCommunity Engagement Manager
110Cassie ProperRelationship Manager
116Crystal ShreveResource Development Coordinator
106Deanna FroeberDirector of Knowledge Management and Product Development
113Edwin JeffordsChief Information Officer & Sr. VP, Information Services
141Joey CurrentChanging Generations Operations Manager
124Joe LavenderCreative Services Manager
103Keith ErbData Manager
128Kim O'NeilInterim Director of Finance
131Laurie WilliamsonSenior Community Impact Director
142Mack KoonceChief Executive Officer & President
142Mary Ann Stinson-OttavianoAssistant to the President
105Melanie Davis-JonesChief Strategy Officer;
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Community Engagement
130Mike RodgersSr. Network Administrator
125Nancy WayFinance Specialist
107Natasha WayneDirector of Engagement
139Nick AllenCommunity Impact Director
127Sara CarterCollective Impact Coordinator, Youth Thrive
129Sara StephensDirector of Individual Giving
132Sharon VignalieCampaigns Manager
118Stacy ShelpVP, Marketing & Communications
137Stan HoltVP, Community Impact
138Stéphane DanielHuman Resources & Facilities Manager
121Tiki WindleyPremiumHelp.org Director
143Toan ToEngagement Manager