Jill Michal is President and CEO of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, an organization committed to improving lives by harnessing the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers. Jill spearheads United Way’s efforts to create real change by uniting local communities and collaboratively investing resources to ensure children succeed in school, families are financially stable and older adults can age in good health in their homes and communities.
Under Jill’s leadership, United Way has shifted from an organization that simply made grants to one that truly makes change. Jill believes we need to break the cycle of broken systems in this region by focusing on the root causes of our most serious challenges. By defining ourselves more by the problems we are trying to solve than the organization or constituency we represent, Jill looks to make United Way the table around which the community, business, government and labor gather to make it happen.
It was during her early days at United Way that Jill caught the passion of the staff and the mission. Prior to taking on the top spot, Jill served as United Way’s Director of Finance, Vice President of Finance and Operations and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She oversaw Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Building and Administration as well as certain aspects of Community Impact, Donor Research and Information Services. In addition, she has been an important figure on the national scene as a leader with the United Way Worldwide Financial Issues Committee, a group of senior financial staff from United Ways across the country that develop financial standards and guidelines for United Way in all 50 states.
Jill began her career with Arthur Andersen, LLP, and was with the firm for approximately eight years focusing on healthcare and nonprofits, leaving to join United Way in December 2001. Jill is a graduate of Penn State University, a proud Nittany Lion with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a member of the AICPA and PICPA. Jill serves as a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. She also serves on the Audit Committee of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation, the Advisory Board of Graduate!Philadelphia and the Finance Committee of the Delaware Valley Grantmakers. Jill is the personification of what it means to LIVE UNITED.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Castelbuono is Vice President of Impact at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Diane oversees strategy, innovation and program design for United Way’s impact work in education, income and health across the region. Led by Diane, the Impact Department works with nonprofit partners in the region to ensure children have access to high-quality education from cradle to career, adults and families achieve financial stability, and everyone is safe and healthy in their homes and communities.
Prior to her position with United Way, Diane was the Associate Superintendent for Strategic Programs for the School District of Philadelphia, where she led the district's school turnaround and charter school work. Previously, Diane served for five years as the Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for the oversight and support of all K-12 public and private schools in the Commonwealth, serving over 1.8 million students. Diane has worked for the Philadelphia public school system in several cabinet-level positions, including chief of staff for the School Reform Commission and director of policy and planning.
Diane earned her undergraduate degree from Haverford College, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University. She resides in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where her three children attend public school.
Lynn Giardinelli is responsible for leading and managing the programs necessary to attract, retain and reward the employees of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. As a result of the merger, the organization has grown to 140 employees across the region, with the majority based in the center city Philadelphia office. Her work is focused on workforce redesign, talent/performance management, compensation and benefits design, and employee engagement. A respected HR professional in the United Way system, she serves on United Way Worldwide's national task force on Talent Management.
A 25-year employee of United Way, Lynn has also provided leadership in several other areas including Donor Choice/Donor Services, Facilities Management and Volunteer Management. She was promoted to the senior HR role in 1997.
Lynn is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in psychology. Her professional memberships include Philadelphia Human Resources Planning Group (PHRPG), Tri-State Human Resources Management Association, Philadelphia SHRM, and other local senior HR practitioner professional groups. Her community interests include food bank supports and adult literacy.
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 non-profit 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.