Emerging Leaders United

Foster community engagement among your generation of leaders.

The mission of Emerging Leaders United is to support the work of United Way and foster community engagement among the next generation of leaders by inspiring philanthropy, professional development, and volunteerism in the Mohawk Valley. Emerging Leaders United provides a variety of opportunities to meet other individuals with similar professional and community interests. Emerging Leaders United members are committed, compassionate and generous individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact throughout our community.

Am I an Emerging Leaders United Member?

Anyone who is identified as 21-40 years of age and donates $100 or more to United Way of the Mohawk Valley annually is an Emerging Leaders United member.

What can Emerging Leaders United offer me?

Emerging Leaders United members develop personally and professionally by participating in a number of events that focus on fundraising, volunteering, and networking.

This unique and dynamic group offers members opportunities to personally contribute towards improving lives through volunteerism in support of United Way of the Mohawk Valley's community impact strategies focused on education, financial stability, and health.

Emerging Leaders United Membership Benefits
  • Free Exclusive Member Only Meet Ups
  • Discount entry to ELU events
  • Welcome email with FREE dessert coupon
  • ELU eNewsletters highlighting our members
  • Access to the ELU Facebook group for networking
  • Recognition as leadership ELU donor
  • Free Dessert Voucher at Swifty's Restaurant
Annual ELU Events and Opportunities

Our ELU committee and members host several annual events and opportunities each year!

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

Join an ELU Committee

Help plan ELU events, professional development workshops, and volunteer projects!

Emerging Leaders United committee members assist in planning, decision making, and coordinating all ELU events, plus receive exclusive additional benefits including:

  • All general membership benefits listed above
  • Free entry to all ELU events
  • Saranac Thursdays volunteer pouring opportunity
  • Board of Directors and Community Leaders "Connect Panel"
  • Coffee with United Way MV CEO

You can choose to apply to join either our Develop Committee or Connect Committee.

Develop Committee

Our Develop committee members plan fundraising events and professional development workshops for Emerging Leaders United members. Events include Channel Your Flannel, Headshot Happy Hour, and new in 2021 our Golf Tournament.

Connect Committee

Our Connect committee members plan community volunteer projects and opportunities to connect for Emerging Leaders United members. Events include our Hygiene Drive, Spring Clean-up, and exclusive member-only events. 

How to Join an ELU Committee

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.

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 Carli Sterling at CarliS@unitedwaymv.org.

ELU Committee Members

Develop Committee

Millie Occhionero, Assured Information Security | Chair
Courtney Kahler, Villa Verona Vineyard/Crown Coordination | Co-Chair

Karina Casaletta, M&T Bank
Marissa Filletti, Terakeet
Trevor Kalwara, Whitcraft
Lindsey Mandia, Utica National Insurance
Nays Molina, Department of Health
Hilarie Pirger, M&T Bank
Paige Reina, NBT Bank
Eric Rightmier, Indium Corporation
Justiss Usborne, Special Metals Corporation
Rebecca Wellner, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
Maggie Williams, United Way of the Mohawk Valley

Connect Committee

Melinda Green, SMSA Architectural Services – Chair
Leanne Allen, Human Technologies – Co-chair

Barrie Brooks, B. Natural Cleaning Services
Emily Hansen, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
Melanie Kekis, NBT Bank
Sarah Militano, Paradigm Consulting, Inc.
Travis Rabbers, Delta Hotel by Marriott
Ashley Rose, The House of Good Shepard
Stephanie Todd, Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York
Meghan Way, Fred F. Collis and Sons
Bernadette Wormuth, The House of Good Shepard
Harrison Zogby, Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig

ELU Sponsors

Thank you to our generous annual ELU sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

M&T Bank

Silver Sponsor

Priceless Inspections, LLC