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5 Dunlap Court, Savoy IL 61874

All staff can be reached at 217-352-5151.

For general inquiries, email liveunited@UnitedWayChampaign.org

Administrative Team

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Sue Grey

 

President & CEO

Sue Grey

Sue has been a member of the United Way of Champaign County team since June 2006.  Sue has over 35 years of experience working with the community bringing people and resources together to make lasting change and positive impact in our community. She worked at Champaign Park District organizing community events, managing volunteers and working with the Board of Commissioners.  Sue also spent three years with the Green Meadows Girl Scout Council as their CEO.

As a lifelong resident of Champaign, Sue has developed great community contacts and mobilizes those resources to better the quality of life for those in need in Champaign County.  Sue is a member of Champaign Rotary, an Alpha Phi Alumnae, and a class member of Leadership Illinois 2019. Sue was elected to the Champaign Unit 4 School Board in April of 2007 and again in 2011. She served as Board President for two years.  Sue was also a recipient of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Athena Award in 2005, and in 2012 was selected as A Woman of Distinction by the East Central Illinois Girl Scout Council.

She has been married to Tom for 34 years and has three children and three grandchildren.    

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Cathy Baird

Chief Finance Officer

Cathy Baird

Cathy joined the United Way team in 2006. As Chief Finance Officer, she manages the organization's fiscal records, policies, and office administration. She works collaboratively with United Way's volunteer Finance Committee to set fiscal policy and ensure full compliance with government and United Way policy.

When not at United Way, Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three adorable grandchildren.

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Kathy Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Thomas-Stagg

Kathy joined the United Way team in 2021. She provides administrative support to the United Way staff.

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Community Impact Team

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Beverley Baker

 

Chief Impact Officer

Beverley Baker

Beverley works directly with issues and needs facing young children, their families and the community as a whole.  She considers herself a problem solver and works with community partners, elected officials and concerned residents and volunteers to address some of the most challenging needs facing Champaign County. She has been a member of the United Way team since 2007.

Beverley is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Ambrose University with a degree in Elementary Education, with minors in Psychology and early childhood education and additional coursework in leadership and human resource management.  Her professional experiences include 15 years as an early childhood educator and child care center Director, 17 years in grant management and a long history of working with community leaders, organizations, and business representatives on collaborative efforts in Champaign County, Illinois and previously in communities located in Iowa and Indiana.

Beverley has received a number of awards including Central Illinois Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Woman of Year, WILL’s Children’s Champion and Junior League’s Living Legendary Award.  She is an active volunteer in the community and enjoys serving on a number of boards and committees.  Bev and her husband Dan are the proud parents of 2 sons, Grant and Cameron. Together they enjoy sporting events and family vacations.
 

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Javaite Burton

Director of Community Impact

Javaite Burton

Javaite joined United Way of Champaign County in 2021. As Director of Community Impact, she works to build and deepen relationships with nonprofits and government agencies serving people in the Champaign County community.

Javaite has served as the Elementary Services Coordinator at Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club and was a facilitator for the Champaign Area Relationship Education for Youth (CARE4U) program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her personal and professional goal is to improve the health and overall well-being of families in her community. She is a graduate of the Emerging Community Leaders Program (ECL) Class of 2019. Javaite currently serves on the Board of Directors for Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club and is a Board Member for Sistering CU. 

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Resource Development Team

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Becca Guyette

 

Chief Development Officer

Becca Guyette, CFRE

Rebecca (Becca) Guyette joined United Way of Champaign County in 2013 as Director of Leadership Giving, overseeing the now $3 million annual Pillar giving program. In 2019, she became Chief Development Officer. In this role, Becca continues to oversee the Pillar program, Major Gifts, and United Way’s Resource Development division.

As a Certified Fundraising Executive, she does ongoing training with local fundraising professionals, with specific emphasis on the development and sustainability of annual fund and major gift programs. 

Prior to joining United Way, Becca worked for 10 years at the University of Illinois YMCA as Program and Development Director and led a capital funds drive to renovate the building. She received her MA in Communication from the University of Illinois.

In 2014 Becca was recognized as the Central Illinois Business Magazine Woman of the Year for her professional and community efforts. She is currently a board member of Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois and Junior League of Champaign Urbana, as well as active in her children’s school and other community activities.
 

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Salvo Rodriquez

 

Director of Workplace Campaigns

Salvo Rodriquez

As Director of Workplace Campaigns, Salvo works to help businesses and corporations in our community give back through United Way. He also leads United Way's Bottom Line Diaper Bank collaboration and the ECL @ Illinois program.

Salvo is involved across the community in many organizations, including Illini Rebounders and Champaign West Rotary. In 2019, he was named Central Illinois Business Magazine's Forty Under 40 Man of the Year. 

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Paula Santiago

Director of Engagement

Paula Santiago

As Director of Engagement, Paula works to deepen relationships between United Way and its' supporters. She is also the staff leader for our Women United program. Before joining United Way, Paula worked in fundraising for seven years. 

Outside of United Way, Paula is currently working towards her bachelor's in Psychology at EIU. She speaks three languages - Tagalog, English, and Portuguese! A native of the Philippines, Paula lives in Savoy with her husband and 3-year-old son, and feels richly blessed to be a part of this community.

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Brad Diel

 

AFL-CIO Community Services Liasion

Brad Diel

United Way and organized labor have a strong relationship. As the Labor Liasion, Brad works to provide a program developing awareness and knowledge of human care services and community resources among members of organized labor and the community. As a member of the Resource Development team, Brad leads the local effort to secure labor's support of United Way and encourages members of organized labor to serve on local boards and committees.

Brad has been a Champaign County resident since 1965! In addition to his role at United Way, Brad is a Lieutenant with the City of Champaign Fire Department. He is a proud member of Champaign Firefighters Local 1260.

"My favorite thing about Champaign County is the broad diversity in both population and lifestyle. The local population is multi-national due in large part to our world-class university and local lifestyles range from rural farm communities to urban business with big-city entertainment, national sports, and international travel hubs no more than 2 hours away via our extensive interstate highway system."

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Marketing Team

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Mary Noel Stefan

 

Director of Marketing & Communications

Mary Noel Stefan

Mary joined United Way in 2011 as a Resource Development Associate. Since 2014 she has led Marketing & Communications at United Way, collaborating with local media and the Resource Development and Community Impact teams to spread the word about United Way's work. She also manages the organization's award-winning Emerging Community Leaders program (you should sign up, it's fun!).

Mary is proud to be a fifth-generation "townie". Her favorite time of year is the two weeks leading up to corn harvest in the fall: the University and town are buzzing with activity, the farmer's market is filled with great local produce, and the weather is perfect. When not at United Way, she spends time with her family, husband, and two sweet cats.

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