Executive Team

Through the talent and leadership abilities held by staff at all levels of our organization, we will increase our ability to insure that all citizens we serve can realize their dreams of being independent and self-sufficient.


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President and Chief Executive Officer
Williamson is responsible for organizational operations and integrity, building community partnerships and assuring that United Way conducts an effective annual campaign. He is committed to a focus on community outcomes as the key strategy for increasing accountability and maintaining United Ways’ leadership in philanthropy and community building.  He has over 19 years of executive level nonprofit management experience and has served the United Way system for over 15 years. Full bio here.



Charmaine Caccioppi


Chief Operating Officer  (focus on Public Policy, Governmental Affairs and Community Impact)
Caccioppi has a focus on Public Policy, Governmental Affairs and Community Impact. Her career at United Way of Southeast Louisiana has included the successful advocating for the first ever EITC state match, passage of the Child Care Tax Credits, implementing statewide high quality Early Child Care Rating System, and securing funding for the Louisiana 2-1-1 Information Referral and Crisis Management Service.






Chief Financial Officer
Modlin has the primary responsibility for all accounting operations, including the preparation of monthly consolidated financial statements for twenty-four funds with many departments and cost centers, the budgeting process, as well as the annual audit.  She supervises the Finance and Administration Department, MIS Department, and Building Operations.






Sr. Vice President, Investor Relations and Governance
Shoemaker provides leadership for the organization’s efforts to obtain financial and other support, including planned, annual and deferred giving through relationship development with individuals and foundations. She manages the WLC and Club Connect programs and works with the President/CEO and the Governance Committee to increase the capacity of the Board of Trustees to govern effectively.



TERRY WESTERFIELD  Chief Communications Officer

Westerfield oversees internal and external communications efforts with employees, donors and media. She assists in developing strategic messaging with companies, partners, leadership groups and others as approved by the CEO and Board of Trustees to further UWSELA goals.






MARY AMBROSE  Chief Impact Officer

Ambrose works with a team of volunteer and staff experts to guide and direct the community impact work of the organization. This includes the recruitment and development of volunteer leadership, research, community engagement and partnerships, identifying community problems and solutions and directing the distribution of funds raised through the United Way’s annual workplace campaign. 





JAMENE DAHMER  Senior Vice President, Long Term Recovery

Dahmer works where disaster strikes, helping families rebuild their homes and lives. 









CAROL GSTOHL, PHR, SHRM-CP  Chief Human Resource Officer

Gstohl is responsible for managing compensation and benefit policies and assists management staff with recruitment and retention. She reviews health and safety procedures, training opportunities, and remains up-to-date with employment law to ensure organizational and staff compliance.




LEIGH THORPE  Vice President, Resource Development and Marketing

Thorpe oversees the Resource Development and Marketing departments of United Way, working with a team of fundraisers and marketing professionals to share the message of the organization, including its mission, vision and impact across the seven-parish region. She oversees United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, made up of volunteers throughout the community who are dedicated to recruiting new individuals and organizations to be engaged with the organization through volunteerism, advocacy or philanthropic support.





Our full staff listing can be found here.