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Executive Team

Karen Cleary
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations
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Karen Cleary is responsible for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s finance, customer relationships, and quality management functions. In this role, Karen oversees the organization’s campaign processing, information technology support and internal operations.

Karen joined United Way in 2003 as Controller and became Director of Finance in 2005. In 2008, she was appointed Vice President of Finance.

Prior to joining United Way, Karen worked as an audit senior at Arthur Andersen, LLP, where she specialized in healthcare and not-for-profit clients. She also held the role of manager of expense administration at CIGNA. Karen is a graduate of Penn State University and is a CPA. She is a member of the PICPA.

Kevin-Dow-Photo Kevin Dow
Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation
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Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation

Kevin Dow is the Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where he leads the regional Impact agenda, developing and executing strategies that address critical needs in local communities to improve education, income, and health in nine counties across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Prior to joining United Way, Kevin served for five years as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Deputy Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, where he led strategic efforts to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive, ultimately increasing economic development in the city. Previously, Kevin worked in both financial services and community investment at Wachovia Corporation. He also has 24 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards of diverse organizations within the economic development, workforce, education, religious and cultural sectors.

Currently, Kevin sits on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Multicultural Affairs Congress, Philadelphia Academies Inc., Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation New Markets Tax Credit Committee, and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Small Business Steering Committee. As a native Philadelphian and a proud graduate of Central High School, Kevin received his B.A. in Finance in 1991 from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He later earned his M.B.A. in Management in 2002 from Saint Joseph’s University. Kevin resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Annie Madonia
Senior Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy
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Annie Madonia is Senior Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She is responsible for leading and managing all of the United Way's Resource Development programs and initiatives. In this role, Annie works closely with United Way's philanthropic partners, and oversees the annual workplace campaign, affinity groups, major gift cultivation, and endowment and planned giving efforts.

Before joining the United Way, Annie served as Vice President of Development and Board Relations for The Philadelphia Orchestra; prior to that, she spent 12 years at The Cleveland Orchestra, ultimately serving as Director of Development from 2000-2007. She has also held development positions at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. and Carnegie Hall.

A native of New York City, Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Wellesley College.

Chris Preston Photo Chris Preston
Senior Vice President, Strategic and Regional
Management

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As Senior Vice President, Strategic and Regional Management, Chris Preston is responsible for the management and execution of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Impact strategies across the region. He leads cross-functional projects and initiatives, develops and executes select elements of the organization’s strategic plan, and serves as a strong link for strategic United Way Worldwide national initiatives. He also works directly with UWGPSNJ’s executive directors throughout the region to help them deliver on critical strategies in local communities.

Chris has been in the United Way network for 11 years. Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, as Director, Corporate Relations for United Way Worldwide, he served as the liaison to 19 Global Corporate Leadership Program members, an elite recognition program for approximately 100 of United Way’s top partners around the world. Chris also served as Project Manager for the Network Engagement and Support Team (NEST) Committee for United Way’s U.S. Task Force on Economic Model & Growth. In addition to those roles, he was the Resource Development liaison for United Way Worldwide’s Africa Region and remains a convener for the Young Leaders Business Resource Group of United Way Worldwide’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. Prior to joining the Corporate Relations team, Chris was the National Sales Manager for United Way Store, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Way Worldwide.

Chris attended George Mason University and has continued to support his alma mater as President-Elect for the George Mason University Alumni Association.

Christopher Redding Murray
Vice President, Communications
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With a goal to strengthen United Way’s brand and effectively support relationships with donors and partners across the community and region, Chris Murray spearheads United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s communications strategy, with a focus on market research, public and media relations, digital and social media, and advertising.

Chris has served a diverse group of clients throughout his public relations and marketing communications career, creating and executing strategic business-to-business and consumer communications programs in the technology, sports & entertainment, healthcare, tourism, finance, manufacturing and professional services industries. Chris’ agency background includes large and small firms in the Philadelphia area, including a boutique agency he founded, leading impactful PR and marketing communications initiatives that have helped organizations drive sales, enhance brands, protect reputations, establish leadership positions and build relationships with key stakeholders.

While at Tierney Communications, Chris directed marketing communications for a major professional golf championship, coordinated media relations for international events in Shanghai, Tokyo, Prague and the U.S., and managed sustained communications campaigns for a leader in the environmental science industry. Chris also led a number of pro bono initiatives for nonprofit organizations in the region, and was a member of Tierney’s issues management and crisis communications team.

A Southeastern PA native, Chris and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of daughter Bridget and son Charlie. Chris is a passionate advocate for individuals with Down Syndrome, a committee member of the Catholic Leadership Institute, and a member of the Business Advisory Council at Elwyn and board of directors of Woods Services Foundation.

Chris is an adjunct professor in the Department of Culture & Communication at Drexel University and a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Bruce Conway Headshot Bruce Conway
Executive Director, Burlington County
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Bruce Conway is the Executive Director of United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey in Burlington County. A role he has held since 1988, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the annual campaign in Burlington County─ which last year exceeded $5 million─ as well as overseeing the investment process and community impact strategies.

A dedicated United Way employee, his tenure spans several decades, beginning shortly after graduation from Rutgers University. He served as the Executive Director of both United Way of Cumberland and Salem Counties before taking the lead in Burlington County. Within the United Way network, Bruce has served on several national committees, chaired the Delaware Valley Association of United Way Professionals, and served as board member for the State Association of United Ways.

Bruce remains active in his community through several volunteer leadership positions, including chairing the Burlington County Human Services Advisory Council and assisting with development of the 40 Assets Project, which focuses on help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. He is a member and past president of the Moorestown Rotary, a member of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Bruce and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Southampton, New Jersey.

John Emge Headshot John Emge
Executive Director, Atlantic County
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John Emge currently serves as the Executive Director of UWGPSNJ in Atlantic and Cape May Counties ─ a position he has held in Atlantic County for more than 13 years. In that time, John has overseen fundraising efforts that exceed $33.5 million collectively and led efforts to re-align the organization with United Way Worldwide’s Community Impact model. John took on the leadership role in Cape May County in August 2011.

John began his United Way career in West Virginia as finance manager for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. From there he returned to the area where he was raised – Philadelphia – working as a campaign associate and eventually being promoted to assistant director of campaign for United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He then moved over to United Way of Burlington County, and as campaign director he successfully raised annual revenue from $3 million to $4.2 million over his nine-year tenure.

John is active on the following Boards: Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce; NJ 211 Partnership; Electronic Medical Records Exchange of South Jersey (past president); Stockton Center on Successful Aging Advisory Board; Stockton Center for Community Engagement Advisory Board, Institute for Community Development; and the Coalition for a Safe Community (treasurer). He is a past chair of the NJ State Employees Charitable Campaign Steering Committee and is a current member of the Atlantic City Rotary Club.

John is married with three children. He holds a B.A. degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Michael Moynihan Michael E. Moynihan
Executive Director, Camden County
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Michael E. Moynihan has more than 25 years of experience in the United Way network. In addition to serving as Executive Director of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in Camden County, Mike also has worked at local United Ways in Florida, Maine and Maryland.

Growing up in Connecticut, Mike was immersed in the United Way movement and frequently accompanied his father, who was president of a local United Way, as he strived to mobilize the community around United Way’s work. Mike’s early experiences in the nonprofit sector would later influence his decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University and later a Master’s in social work from Boston College, with concentrations in community organization and social planning. He also completed a two-year fellowship in community building at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Today, Mike’s community ties extend beyond his work at United Way. He serves on the Camden County Government Ethics Board, is a member of the Executive Committee at the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University, and is active with the Irish American Chamber of Commerce, Boston Chapter. His leadership and commitment to Camden County frequently is recognized and his recent awards and achievements include the 2011 Nonprofit “South Jerseyan” of the Year award from the Walter Rand Institute, the 2011 Nonprofit Executive of the Year award from SNJ Biz Magazine, and the 2011 Partner in Philanthropy award from SNJ Business People.

Doreen Storey Headshot Doreen Storey
Executive Director, Delaware County
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Doreen Storey has been committed to serving the needs of Delaware County’s residents through United Way for more than 16 years. She started as United Way’s Director of Community Investments in Delaware County, and worked her way up to Executive Director─ a role she has held since 2008.

During her tenure, Doreen has proven a vital community leader in Delaware County through her ability to cultivate meaningful, strong partnerships with community organizations. These include the Rotary Club, East Gateway Triangle Association, Chester Youth Build, Communities That Care, and the Lang Center of Swarthmore College.

Doreen completed her B.A. in communications at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an M.S. in organizational leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chester Alumnae Chapter, and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the J. Lewis Crozer Library.

Alice Woods Alice E. Woods
Executive Director, Cumberland County
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Alice Woods has more than 10 years of experience in the United Way network. In addition to serving as Executive Director of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Cumberland County since 2008, she has also worked in Resource Development for United Way of Atlantic County (UWAC), where she was responsible for launching the Success By 6® initiative as well as spearheading the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Alice leverages her significant fundraising and nonprofit experience to oversee Cumberland’s annual campaign, which last year exceeded $500,000.

Prior to joining United Way, Alice worked for AtlantiCare and The Women’s Center in Atlantic County. She also has more than 15 years of experience in the food and beverage and event planning industries. Alice has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in organizational psychology at Capella University.

Alice’s personal commitment to a better community is evident through her time spent volunteering with several local organizations, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Atlantic County, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, and as a call specialist for a substance abuse hotline.

Alice resides in Absecon with her eight-year-old daughter, Eva.