UWGT Staff

Senior Leadership at UWGT

Eric Guckian - CEO & President

Eric Guckian (pronounced Goo-can) is well known throughout the Triangle. He has 20 years of service in North Carolina, with extensive experience in achieving results in the public and private sectors. He has played a leading role in North Carolina’s quality public school efforts and has steadily risen to occupy leadership roles in all sectors of the education space as a senior advisor to Governor McCrory; Executive Director of Teach for America-North Carolina; and Executive Director of New Leaders in Charlotte. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Alliances for Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) where he led the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts.

Guckian began his professional career as an elementary science teacher and Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx. Guckian earned his B.A. in English at Colgate University and a M.A. in Education from Harvard University. He lives with his wife, Lisa and his daughters, Scarlett and Elsa in Durham, NC.

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.

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.


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.
ExtensionEmployeeTitle
112Alison HicksDirector of Workplace Giving
117Bonnie AshleyProgram Director - Teaming for Technology
135Britney McCoyCommunity Engagement Manager
108Carlos GuzmanTeaming for Technology Program Coordinator
110Cassie ProperRelationship Manager
116Crystal ShreveResource Development Coordinator
106Deanna FroeberDirector of Knowledge Management and Product Development
113Edwin JeffordsChief Information Officer & Sr. VP, Information Services
142Eric GuckianChief Executive Officer & President
141Joey CurrentChanging Generations Operations Manager
124Joe LavenderCreative Services Manager
103Keith ErbData Manager
128Kim O'NeilInterim Director of Finance
131Laurie WilliamsonSenior Community Impact Director
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
143Toan ToEngagement Manager