Emerging Leaders United

Emerging Leaders United (ELU) supports young professionals developing both personally and professionally by focusing on fundraising, volunteering, and networking.  

The mission of Emerging Leaders United is to support the work of United Way and foster community engagement among the next generation of leaders in the Mohawk Valley. ELU members are committed individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact in our community.

Anyone between the ages of 21-40 that donates $100 or more annually to United Way of the Mohawk Valley is identified as an Emerging Leaders United Society Member.  

ELU Society Membership Benefits

  • Welcome email to activate benefits
  • Free exclusive member-only meet-ups
  • Opportunity for a free professional headshot annually
  • Discount entry to ELU events
  • ELU eNewsletters highlighting our members, volunteer opportunities, networking, and fundraising events
  • Access to the ELU Facebook group for networking
  • Recognition as leadership ELU donor

Annual ELU Events and Opportunities

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Connect with ELU members and stay up to date on events and opportunities! Join our Facebook Group

ELU Donor & Member Listing

Interested in joining one of our ELU committees?

Applications are accepted year-round. Review and selection of new committee member applications are completed in January and July.

You can choose to apply to join either our Events Committee or Volunteer & Membership Committee.

ELU Events Committee

This committee plans ELU annual fundraising events including Channel Your Flannel and our Golf Tournament.

ELU Volunteer & Membership Committee

This committee plans ELU volunteer projects and membership opportunities including our Hygiene Drive, Spring Clean-up, and exclusive Headshot Happy Hour. 

Committee member requirements include:

  • A one-year commitment with onboarding bi-annually in January or July
  • Must be between 21-40 years of age
  • Live and/or work within Oneida or Herkimer counties
  • Make an annual donation to United Way MV (suggested amount of $100 minimum)

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Questions? Contact Jennifer Hagen at JenniferH@unitedwaymv.org.

Events Committee

Courtney Kahler, Villa Verona Vineyard/Crown Coordination | Chair
Eric Rightmier, Indium Corporation | Co-Chair

Karina Casaletta, M&T Bank
Marissa Filletti, Terakeet
Trevor Kalwara, Whitcraft
Lindsey Mandia, Utica National Insurance
Millie Occhionero, Assured Information Security
Hilarie Lynn, M&T Bank
Paige Reina, NBT Bank
Justiss Usborne, Special Metals Corporation
Rebecca Wellner, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways

Volunteer & Membership Committee

 Leanne Allen, Human Technologies | Chair
Bernadette Wormuth, The House of Good Shepard | Co-chair

Melinda Green, SMSA Architectural Services
Emily Hansen, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
Allison Helmer, NBT Bank
Melanie Kekis, NBT Bank

Michael Marchio, Northwestern Mutual
Sarah Militano, Paradigm Consulting, Inc.
Travis Rabbers, M&T Bank
Harrison Zogby, Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig

Thank you to our generous annual ELU sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

M&T Bank

Silver Sponsors

Priceless Inspections, LLC

Indium Corporation