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United Way Elects Two New Members to Board of Directors

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors voted in two new members at its February Board Meeting.

Megan Gilbert is the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, where she has worked since 2012. In that role, she builds and maintains the Chamber’s relationships with local and state leaders, manages the organization’s budget, supervises and strengthens membership recruitment, and oversees and updates Human Resources policies and procedures. In addition, she researches, proposes, and implements strategies to ensure the short- and long-term success of the Chamber’s strategic and capital goals. Gilbert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Drew University in New Jersey.

Christine Meola is Vice President of Development at Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, a role she has held since mid-2020. Previously, she was Chief Advancement Officer for Lawrence Technological University. There she led a team in all areas of alumni relations and development including Major and Planned Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations and Engagement, Advancement Services, Stewardship and annual giving. Meola earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University and a Master of Arts in Sociology, also from Fordham University.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, employment training, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.

United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center which provides food to the local emergency food system, including Pop-up Mobile Pantry distributions, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at to get involved.