Women United

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Women United is a committed group of women leaders working together to engage other women in our community. Women have a unique approach to giving and a desire to create true, lasting change. This initiative combines the benefits of a small giving circle with a trusted organization – United Way.  United Way’s research provides us with the knowledge and confidence that our efforts will enhance innovative programs and have the impact we desire.

Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of women to advance the common good in our communities.

  • Participation begins with a multi-year commitment of no less than 3 years and $1,200 minimum contribution per year to the UnitedWay/Centraide Windsor-Essex County.

  • Women United will be provided with the opportunity to identify the need/issue they wish to address and design a strategy that will have a positive impact.

  • Education will be provided about issues affecting our community under United Way’s three focus areas.


Celebrating Women Who Inspire Us 2018 Keynote Address: Shelley Awad 


Women United Members

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Lynda Pizzolitto - Chair

Lynda Pizzolitto is Operations Manager at Reliance Home Comfort, previously Supply Chain Manager, and a former manager of Zellers Department stores. She is proud of her volunteer work with United Way: as a current member of the Community Impact Council, and Chairperson of Women Leading the Way. She is married with three adult children.  

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Amy Szewczuk

Amy has a Honours Bachelor's of Nursing Science Degree from the University of Windsor and has several years' experience in various roles at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. After experiencing the need for more community care options first hand with her own father, she founded and opened Amy's Helping Hands, a home health care company in March of 2009. Since its inception, AHH has serviced over 2000 patients and their families with needs ranging from light housekeeping to complex case managent and end of life care. Amy is happily married and has two daughters. 

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Brigitte Ala

Brigitte Ala is a Windsor native. She is a radiologist at Windsor Regional Hospital and WRA X-Ray Clinics. She has two teenagers.

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Barb Bjarneson

Barb Bjarneson has been involved in the community in various areas throughout her life.  She believes in giving back and helping to build the community you want to live in.  She is presently a Board Member of the Erie-St. Clair LHIN (Local Health Integration Network), Chair, a member of the Planning, Heritage and Economic Development Standing Committee for the City of Windsor, Chair of the Major Gifts Cabinet for the United Way, and a Global Village Team Leader for Habitat for Humanity.  When she is not doing these activities she enjoys spending time with her 2 grandchildren.  She is married with 2 grown sons; one living in Windsor, the other in New York City.

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  Cynthia Swift

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Danielle Moldovan

Danielle Moldovan is a Relationship Manager / New Business and Major Giving with United Way Windsor-Essex County.  She has been working in the not-for-profit sector for 15 years. In her role at United Way, Danielle recruits new workplace and individuals to support United Way’s work.  She’s a native of Windsor and lives in Amherstburg with her husband and two small children.

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Diletta Bello Casey

Diletta is a wife to Jeff Casey and also the mother of two young children. Originally from Torino, Italy, then resided in Manitoba and eventually settled in Windsor. She received her undergrad in Business Administration at the University of Windsor and her MBA at Wayne State University. She is self-employed and an entrepreneur in the Windsor community.



Elaine Genyn

Elaine Genyn is the Windsor Community Manager and Main Branch Manager for Scotiabank. Elaine was born and raised in Essex County and holds an Honours B. Comm from the University of Windsor. Elaine has two daughters and enjoys gardening, bicycling and exploring Canada.

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Heather Hausmann

Dr. Heather Hausmann is a Radiologist with Windsor Radiological Associates. She has an 11 year old daughter and is originally from Norman, Oklahoma.



Janice Smith

Janice Smith is a Wellness Workshop Facilitator and Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor. Through her business, Health Connection Laughter, Janice offers wellness workshops using laughter yoga techniques that help reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Workshops are hosted at businesses, hospitals, schools and in the community. Janice is an avid photographer, loves to cook, travel and spend time with her family.

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Kathleen Sturba

Kathleen is happily married, the proud mother of 2 very successful sons and thrilled to have a beautiful granddaughter. Kathleen’s interests include travel, boating, golf, fitness, yoga and spending time with family and friends. Kathleen is a sales representative and team leader of Team Sturba at Royal LePage Binder Real Estate Brokerage.

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Lorraine Goddard

Lorraine Goddard is the CEO of United Way Windsor Essex County.  She has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the not-for-profit sector.  She has three children, four grandchildren and lives in Kingsville with her husband.  She enjoys cooking, the performing arts and keeping physically active.



Lori Shalhoub

Lori Shalhoub is Vice President, General Counsel / External Affairs with FCA Canada Inc. and is licensed to practice in Ontario and Michigan.  Lori is a Windsor native.

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Mandy Furtado

Mandy Furtado has been with TD for 18 years and currently works as a Regional Manager for TD Direct Investing. Mandy has been a United Way donor throughout her career at TD through the employer donor campaign and has always been impressed at how United Way ensures funding is used to support specific community concerns such as poverty. Mandy was a graduate of Leadership Windsor Essex which invoked further interest in learning more about the needs of our community. Mandy was introduced to Women Leading the Way through her work on the Battle of the Growers event that sponsored On Track to Success which to her is a vital program and confirmed her need to be a part of this group of women who work hard to help the most vulnerable in our community!

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Melanie Gardin

Melanie Gardin is a partner at Velocity Injury Law. Born, raised and educated in Essex County, Melanie is a lifelong community volunteer. She served 9 years on the board of the Brain Injury Association and is currently on the board of Beyond Disability Rehabilitation Network. Melanie lives in Windsor with her husband, two teenage step-daughters, an active toddler and two standard poodles.

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Patti France

Ms. Patti France has over 25 years’ experience in the post-secondary education sector. Most recently, Patti was appointed the sixth President of St. Clair College, commencing September 1, 2015. In addition to leading a vibrant, caring and quality institution, Patti is active in a numerous College and community activities including Connecting Windsor-Essex, Windsor Regional Hospital, Industry-Education Pathways to Success and the Colleges Committee of President’s, to name a few.

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Rachelle Booth

Rachelle Booth is President of Thrive Benefits Group Inc. that works with local businesses on their benefit plan needs. She was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario and has a passion for helping businesses, non-profit organizations and the community as a whole. Rachelle is also a current board member of Assisted Living of Southwestern Ontario and Vice-President of the local Advocis board of directors. In her spare time, she enjoys being active with her kids, cooking and travelling.



  Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh

Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh is the Director of Leadership Development & Training at United Way and writes the Leadership column for Biz X Magazine. She is an entrepreneur and retired Principal and Chief Communications Officer for the Catholic School Board with over 30 years’ experience as an Educator, Administrator, and Community Leader. Sherrilynn has developed and taught Leadership Programs and Administrator Qualification Programs for school boards, Universities and the International Baccalaureate Organization. An active volunteer in the community she has represented numerous Boards/Committees including United Way & Leadership Windsor Essex and speaks in the community on Developing Leadership Capacity.

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  Vicky Smith

Vicky is a Franchise operator of 3 busy Downtown Windsor Tim Horton Restaurants. Windsor born and raise, she is married and has 2 grown children. She likes to spend her time walking, golfing, and travelling.

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Leslie Frattaroli

Leslie Frattaroli is the Vice President of Engagement & Donor Stewardship at United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. She brings over 25 years' experience in the non-profit sector. She was born and raised in Windsor and has a passion for helping our community thrive. In her spare time she loves to be with family and friends, as well as travel and practice yoga. 


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Sheri Lowrie

Sheri Lowrie is an Academic Advisor at the University of Windsor. She has two small children, Jackson and Shae. She enjoys playing and watching sports, entertaining family & friends and relaxing up north at the lake. 

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Jennifer Gyorgy

Jennifer is a Senior Manager in the Tax Department at Collins Barrow Windsor, responsible for cross-border and international tax advisory. 

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Karen Stopford

Karen Stopford has worked for TD for 17 years and is currently a Commercial Account Manager. She has 2 daughters, 7 and 10, who keep her busy outside of work. She has been involved with United Way over the years and this year is participating in the Leadership Windsor-Essex program. 


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Heather Pratt

Heather is the Executive Director, Research & Innovation at the University of Windsor.


Nancy Synnott

Nancy is a Branch Manager at TD Canada Trust.


Cealia Gagnon

Cealia is a Police Constable with Windsor Police. 

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Anne McLachlan

Anne is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare. She is married to a teacher, has 2 adult children and an extended farming family. In her spare time, she is a community volunteer, weekend cook, gardener and walker. 

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Judy Wyllie

Judy is an Executive Leadership Coach at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare.

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Luciana Rosu-Sieza

Luciana is the Executive Director of the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association for close to 14 years. She is an alumni of Leadership Windsor-Essex class of 2008. She is involved in many aspects of prevention, education, and advocacy for those who are directly and indirectly affected by Eating Disorders. She has had the privilege of wearing many hats in her career from volunteer management, fundraising, community engagement, leadership, advocacy and more. Her proudest accomplishment in life is being the mom of Gabriela and Antonio and wife to Tony. 

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Cathy Crowley 

Cathy is a Systems Analyst with the University of Windsor where she helps support the Student Information System. She and her husband Kevin have two daughters and one grandson. 

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Melissa Caschera

Melissa is a Senior Financial Planner with TD Wealth Financial Planning. She has been working in the financial services industry since 1999. Melissa has been married for 19 years and has two daughters who are 15 and 17. Melissa is hopelessly in love with her dog Ted and loves running with her whole family. 


Heather Awad

Heather was born, raised and edcuated in Windsor. She has a diploma from the Dental Assistant program at St. Clair College and an Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor. Heather has been working in the not-for-profit sector at Green Shield Canada since 1998 and is the Director of Claims Services. Heather is married to Jonny who is owner of 2 local small businesses and together they have 3 children. 

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Patti Lauzon

Patti is the Director of Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications at the University of Windsor. With a strong commitment and passion for access to education, mental health services and women's issues, Patti has experience in supporting all of these causes as a paid professional or volunteer. Patti and her husband, Mark, live in Windsor with their two daughters. 


Andrea Steen


Diane Santing


Cathy Morrison


Annette Demers


Kristen Siapas

 Debbie Kane  

Debbie Kane

Debbie is an Associate Dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and is a member of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Windsor. She is married with three adult sons.   Her commitment to wellness and health promotion started with her clinical nursing practice in public health and has been maintained through an active program of research focused on work-life balance, quality of work-life, and workplace wellness. She is an avid sports fan and an eternal optimist, as evidenced by her belief in the Detroit Lions going to the Super Bowl one day.


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If you are interested in becoming a member contact:
Lauren Nantau
519-258-0000 x1218






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United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
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