The Campaign Co-chairs for our 2015 fundraising effort have been announced. Nikki Gullickson (at left in photo), Assistant Superintendent of Stonington Public Schools, and Donna Yother, President and owner of SAVA Insurance Group in Waterford will oversee the campaign. Last year’s United Way Campaign raised $5,791,303 to benefit 71 local programs and initiatives that provide a network of health and human services for people in need in New London County.
Gullickson has been actively involved in education in Southeastern Connecticut for more than thirty years, teaching grades 4-12, including Adult Education and serving as an assistant principal and principal. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum Development/Instruction. In addition, she earned a 6th Year degree with Administration certification from Sacred Heart University.
Gullickson was a member of the 2014 United Way Campaign Cabinet, and she volunteers as one of the two site coordinators for United Way’s Mobile Food Pantry monthly distribution in Stonington. She serves on the Three Rivers Community College Foundation Board of Directors.
Yother’s career in the insurance business has spanned more than thirty years. She is actively involved in the community both personally and professionally, serving on the Board of Directors for the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation and Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut.
“As a small business owner, we receive so many requests from the community for support,” says Yother. “We try to provide assistance to all requests however, it has become a challenge. Our office continues supporting United Way because the organization provides assistance to so many local nonprofit programs.
“It feels good to know our dollars stay in Southeastern Connecticut,” continues Yother, “And we are making a difference in our community.”
As Campaign Co-chairs, Gullickson and Yother work with a Campaign Cabinet, a team of community and business leaders. The 2015 United Way Campaign will officially kick off at an event in late September.