About Us


Meet the Team

Charmaine Caccioppi
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Charmaine is responsible for the development and implementation of United Way’s government relations strategies in alignment with our Blueprint for Prosperity through the development of relationships with key internal and external constituents. These relationships result in funding and legislative support and strengthen the organization’s visibility and image throughout the public sector.

Her career with United Way of Southeast Louisiana has included successfully advocating for:

  • The most successful historical passage of seven Domestic Violence bills signed into Louisiana law aimed at stopping domestic abuse

  • Enactment of the first ever EITC [Earned Income Tax Credit] state match

  • Passage of the Child Care Tax Credits

  • Implementation of the statewide high quality Early Child Care Rating System

  • Funding for the Louisiana 2-1-1 Information Referral and Crisis Management Service

  • Securing millions of grant dollars to ensure the successful expansion of community impact programs serving citizens throughout Louisiana

Charmaine served as president of the Louisiana Association of United Ways for several years where she provided statewide leadership and secured grants totaling over $3.5 million. She also successfully secured a $90,000 grant from United Way Worldwide to establish a Gulf Coast United Way Collaborative and served as the lead staffer.

She served on Governor John Bel Edwards’ Transitional Committee for Children and Families and currently serves as a Chairman of the Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission and Education’s Next Horizon, a Board member of the Bureau of Governmental Research, and Louisiana Budget Project; appointed to the Women’s Professional Council and the Child Poverty Prevention Council and is an Advisory Council Member of the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families.

Charmaine was inducted into the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame in 2014.

She served as a member of the State’s first Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and recognized as a Champion of the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

Recognized as a Distinguished Graduate Fellow of Loyola University Institute of Politics, Charmaine also attended Nicholls State University. Her professional career has included such distinguished positions as State Director for United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development with the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and MetroVision.

Pamela M. Allison

Executive Assistant and Director of Public Policy/Community Impact

Public Policy Committee

Kim Sport
Chairman of Public Policy Committee

Kim Sport, a native of New Orleans, graduated from the schools of Radiologic and Nuclear Medicine Technology at Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans, Our Lady of Holy Cross College and Tulane Law School, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  After working for years as Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Sport decided to spend all of her time volunteering her legal and other services to numerous not for profit organizations.   

Sport founded and chaired Jefferson Dollars for Scholars which has awarded over $20 million dollars in summer camp and college scholarships to 5000 students in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. Sport was the first woman to ever chair the United Way’s Regional Fundraising Campaign and founded the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Sport is a three-time cancer survivor. As a cancer advocate, Sport launched Breastoration, a non-profit organization which has provided funding to help 90 women obtain nearly 100 breast reconstruction procedures following mastectomies.  Last year, Sport drafted a bill which passed unanimously to assure that health insurance providers cover every stage of a woman’s breast reconstruction and to also assure that no procedure required to restore a mastectomized breast is considered cosmetic.    

As the first Public Policy Chairman of United Way for Southeast Louisiana, Sport drafted five groundbreaking domestic violence bills to help women immediately divorce their abusers, to provide punitive damages for physical and mental injuries caused by family violence, to increase criminal sanctions for domestic abuse and violations of protective orders and to make possession of a firearm a felony offense during a protective order and for 10 years following a conviction of domestic abuse battery. Partnering with United Way’s Executive Vice President and COO, Charmaine Caccioppi, all five bills, authored by Rep. Helena Moreno and Sen. J.P. Morrell, passed unanimously and were signed into law by Governor Jindal on May 29, 2014. Sport was elected the first chairman of the Louisiana Commission to Prevent Domestic Violence and has drafted and spearheaded amendments to over 50 provisions of domestic violence law. She serves pro bono as an attorney and advisor in difficult divorce cases involving family violence, and conducts continuing education seminars to domestic violence and family law professionals. 

Sport received the first statewide Woman of Excellence Award in the category of Volunteerism & Civic Involvement from the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus. She was named a 2000, 2004 and 2009 Woman of the Year by City Business Magazine and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

She was named a Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine and a Community Quarterback by the New Orleans Saints organization and received the Citizen Lawyer Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Public Policy Committee Members:

Kim Sport, Public Policy Chair

Lori A. Barthelemy
VP, NSA Risk Administrator
Whitney Bank

Ronald P. McClain
Executive Director
Institute of Mental Hygiene

Joseph Exnicios
Whitney Bank

Cathy McRae
Community Volunteer
Women United

Elizabeth Ellison-Frost
Community Relations
Chalmette Refining

Marian Pierre
Chief Executive Officer
Crescent Guardian Inc.     

Norma Grace
Community Volunteer
Women United

Patty Riddlebarger
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
Entergy Corporation

Dana Johnson
FSOP Key Accounts
Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Madalyn Schenk
Community Volunteer
Women United

Christy F. Kane
Pro Bono Counsel
Entergy Services, Inc.

Christine Vinson
Vinson Guard Service, Inc.

Keith Liederman
Chief Executive Officer
Kingsley House

Carol Wise
Wise Marketing Company

Community Impact Team

Mary Ambrose, LMSW Chief Impact Officer, Community Impact

Todd Battiste Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Equity and Education

Chiquita Lattimore Vice President, Community Impact and Financial Capability

Tap Bui Vice President of Health Fund and Distribution
Vanessa Greenslade Data Analyst/Grant Writer 

Giazzlyn Duncan Manager, Financial Capability and Workforce Development

Jessy Murillo Financial Capability Program Specialist

Ellenor Simmons Financial Capability Specialist

Christina Smothers Financial Capability Specialist

Amzie Pigott Administrative Assistant, Financial Capability, Health, and Education