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United Way Names 2017 Campaign Co-chairs

The Bulletin publisher and MDA-UAW president to lead fundraising effort

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has named Campaign Co-chairs for the 2017 fundraising effort as William Louis, president of the MDA-UAW Local 571, AFL-CIO, and Nadine McBride, publisher of The Bulletin (pictured at left at May's Campaign Appreciation and Awards Event).

Louis is chair of the Electric Boat Employees’ Community Services Association. He strongly believes in educating his fellow union members about the AFL-CIO Community Services partnership with United Way year-round through the annual campaign and volunteer support. He volunteers with his family regularly including at food drives, the Coogan Farm Giving Garden, and following food shows at both casinos when remaining product is donated to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. Louis is also a member of United Way’s Board of Directors, serving as Secretary.

“I am very honored to serve as Co-chair during the upcoming United Way campaign and to be part of making our community a better place for many who need help,” stated Louis. “There is no greater pride than in knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life for the better.”

McBride is a graduate of Assumption College and has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining The Bulletin, she spent eight years at St. Bernard School, leaving as its director of finance. McBride has been the financial administrator for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and she was treasurer and financial analyst for Equator Bank in Hartford, a division of HSBC. McBride began her career as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Hartford. She serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

“United Way programs and partner agencies meet the many needs of those less fortunate families in our community, and in so doing serve their clients' multiple hurdles and not just one at a time. I trust the administration and staff to direct their resources in the best way possible,” stated McBride. “I come from a family that has always helped the less fortunate and I view my involvement with United Way not only as a privilege but as a way to carry on the legacy of my family and to fulfill my own social obligation.”

As Campaign Co-chairs, Louis and McBride oversee a volunteer Campaign Cabinet, a team of community and business leaders. The 2017 United Way Campaign will officially kick off at an event in September.