Campaign Cabinet

Every year, people like you help drive a movement to solve some of our county's toughest challenges – inspiring thousands of people to widen their perspectives, to invest in our collective future, to act for a brighter tomorrow.

Our campaign cabinet is comprised of individuals from our local business community who are passionate about making a lasting impact in Charlotte County. Each provides leadership for his or her respective division and works closely with United Way of Charlotte County staff to ensure a successful campaign.

They are the essence of what we are able to accomplish in Charlotte County. They are actively out telling the United Way story, raising money and awareness among their peers in business, finance, education, government and professional sectors of our county. We are grateful for the volunteer powerhouse that is Campaign Cabinet.

Please call our office 941-627-3539 or email for more information.

Introducing our 2020-2021 Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs!

Both Ceres Austria, Charlotte County Government (left) and Katie Wallace, Wallace Law Firm (right) were members of the Inaugural Campaign Cabinet. Katie stated, " I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as co-chair for the 2020-2021 Campaign Cabinet in order to mobilize the power of our great community to break the cycle of poverty. Those in poverty in Charlotte County and the organization that serve them every day need our support now more than ever. I am confident that the knowledge gained during our inaugural campaign cabinet can help our community achieve this crucial goal." A message from Ceres, "Each of us is the current version of all our past actions, good and not, directed by three primary tools in our arsenal - heart, head and hands. We can choose to affect goodness and shape who we become tomorrow, next week, month, etc. This is an ability we all have, we just don't always take advantage of it. I agreed to accept the challenge as Co-Chair of this year's Campaign Cabinet because someone believed in what my heart, head and hands hold for others in our community. In my 16-year tenure as public servant, I have witnessed countless kind acts and met so many who share my sentiments. During these times of extreme needs, it's critical that we positively employ these tools to shape a better future version os us. Charlotte County needs all of us to help define what we are to become tomorrow. This requires a unified community effort, for which United Way provides a platform for nurturing, and in which your assistance is needed today more than ever. I look to you now because I believe you have a heart of love and resolve, a head that contrive selflessly, and hands that extend to others.  It is my honor and pleasure to be able to work beside you. They both have a passion and leadership that is sure to make this a successful campaign with the upcoming cabinet. 

2020/2021 - Campaign Cabinet

The members of the group are dedicated to devoting their time and talent to building relationships with local companies and individuals and encouraging them to lead the way and give back through the UWCC campaign. Many United Ways mobilize the power of their community utilizing the Campaign Cabinet and we are proud to be part of this strategic movement. This highly esteemed Cabinet will be recognized throughout our community along with Co-Chairs Katie Wallace, Wallace Law Firm, UWCC Board Member and Ceres Austria, Charlotte County Government. This past few months, they have familiarized themselves with the mission statement and participated in mobilizing the power of the community to break the cycle of poverty. In October, they hosted the Annual Kick-off, click here to read more. This year, they are raising awareness by involving the community in a county wide raffle, click here for more information.

Builders-Real Estate-Insurance

  • Laura Frantz, Nix & Associates Real Estate (Chair)
  • Stacy Jones, Kays-Ponger Funeral Home
  • Sandy Darna, Retired
  • Fred Cort, Retired


  • Courtney Buckles, City of Punta Gorda
  • Keith Callaghan, Florida SouthWestern University
  • Thaddeus Capeles, Publix
  • Kelsey Veitengruber, Farr Law Firm (Chair)
  • Eve Sweeting, Tyndall Credit Union


  • Melissa Lockhart, Helping Hands SWFL
  • Kaley Miller, Punta Gorda Airport
  • Julie Price, MedTronic (Chair)
  • Tom Rice, Retired
  • Jo Ann Tompkins
  • Vicki Vertich, Bayfront Health

If you would like to participate please call our office 941-627-3539 or email for more information.















Click here to listen to the August 4, 2020 Campaign Cabinet Info Session! 

Be part of our 2020/2021 Campaign Cabinet! There are three easy ways to join us:

  • Participate in the Community Impact Panels. Your engagement and knowledge qualify you to be part of the cabinet.
  • Receive a personal invitation or nomination from a UWCC Board or Campaign Cabinet member.
  • Application, click here to apply.

Your commitment is from September through March. We will provide you all of the tools necessary to be successful and you will not be alone. You will be working with a sector of like-minded professionals in our community along with our UWCC staff, and Board members.