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2019-20 Campaign Co-chairs Announced

The 2019 United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Campaign is being co-chaired by Lee-Ann Gomes, Director of Norwich Human Services, and Jeff Hamilton, Assistant General Manager of Mohegan Sun.

Gomes has been with Norwich Human Services since 1989, having been promoted to Director in 2014. In her position, she supervises case management and the Work Education and Training Program, and she is the co-founder of the Norwich Community Care Team, a multi-disciplinary team assembled to address the needs of homeless single adults. Gomes is responsible for designing, funding, staffing, and operating the Norwich Hospitality Center, as well as for administering programs including the Childcare Assistance Program, Volunteer Income Tax Program, Renters Rebate, and Operation Fuel.

In addition to serving as United Way Campaign Co-chair, Gomes serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Gomes is currently a Dime Bank Trustee and Corporator, and she serves on the Boards of Three Rivers Community College and UCFS.

Gomes earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

“I support United Way because charity begins at home,” Gomes noted. “The problems of the world are daunting, but I know I can help my neighbors immediately by donating to United Way. Through my job, I am blessed to see each day how United Way donations help hard working people meet life’s challenges.”

Hamilton has been with Mohegan Sun since 2004, having held several important key management positions within Human Resources and Advertising. He has been Assistant General Manager of Mohegan Sun since 2015. In this position, Hamilton supports the President and General Manager in execution of all job duties. Additionally, he oversees the strategic direction of business operations and the financial performance of Mohegan Sun in coordination with the President, as well as other senior management.

In addition to serving as United Way Campaign Co-chair, Hamilton serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, and he is the Chair of the organization’s Young Leaders United affinity group for young professionals interested in getting engaged in the community through giving and volunteering. Hamilton is also a member of the Mohegan Tribe.

Hamilton earned a bachelor's degree at Seton Hall University and a master's degree at the University of New Haven.

“I am honored to be serving as the 2019 Campaign Co-chair with Lee-Ann,” stated Hamilton. “I hope we can work together with our local business community to increase campaign giving this year as the needs of people in our community grow.”

As Campaign Co-chairs, Gomes and Hamilton oversee a volunteer Campaign Cabinet, a team of community and business leaders. The 2019 United Way Campaign officially kicked off on September 5th and runs through the spring.