We're all in this together. For the Pocono Mountains.

On April 1st, 2019, United Way of Monroe County and Pocono Alliance formally merged to become the Pocono Mountains United Way, in an effort to better assist individuals and families in need in Monroe County through increased collaboration, efficiency and impact. Our new combined staff and board of directors are committed to improving the lives of individuals, working families and children. Each of us is devoted to empowering our community and inspiring collaboration to help build a stronger community for the future. We seek to engage the entire community in our work without regard to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, veteran-status, familial status, or socio-economic status. That commitment is reflected in all aspects of our work – service delivery, staffing or volunteer participation.

Board Of Directors

Chris Barrett, Chair

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

Grace D’Amico, Vice Chair

Community Member

Tim Kresge, Secretary

East Stroudsburg University

Jamie Schmeelk, Treasurer

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

Michael Sherman

PPL Electric Utilities

Ben May, Immediate Past Chair

Pocono Raceway

Miguel Barbosa

East Stroudsburg University

Christa Caceres

Monroe County NAACP

Jill D’Alessandro

St. Luke’s Monroe Hospital

Don Hannig

Spread Eagle Associates

Debbie Kulick

Eastern Monroe Leasing and Training

Tameko Patterson

Sanofi Pasteur

Richard Schlameuss

Monroe County Transit Authority

Lyman Winner

The Frogtown Chophouse

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Sarah Jacobi

Vice President, Community Impact

Alessandra Restrepo

Director, Resource Development

Thomas Campbell

Director, Housing Initiatives

Robyn Weaver

Equity Officer

Maria Schramm

Associate Director, Community Impact

Danielle Sierra

Data Specialist

Nasaiah Hoskins

Manager, Tobacco & Vape Free Program

Edward Jones

Manager, VITA (Volunteer Income Assistance Program)

Linda Paugh

Manager, Eviction Mediation

Roxanne Powell

Manager, Community Impact

Liana Riutort

Coordinated Entry Manager, Pocono Region

Ellin Bittlingmeyer

Information and Referral Call Specialist

Heather Kebernik

Housing Locator

Ariel Pagan

Generation Next Coordinator

Anti-Racism and Discrimination Statement

We acknowledge that since the inception of the original settlements that now make up the United States, systemic racism and discrimination have limited Black, Indigenous, and People of Color from – among other injustices – building wealth, accessing healthcare, and receiving equitable education. Our nation’s economy, infrastructure, and systems of government were shaped by this racism. This continues to create inequities for marginalized communities.

Racism, discrimination, and prejudice erode humanity and destroys our collective ability to thrive and flourish. It is the responsibility of each of us to actively and intentionally challenge instances of and systems perpetuating racism to ensure a safe and equitable future for us all.

Pocono Mountains United Way seeks an equitable Monroe County, one where an individual’s race, ethnicity, nationality, skin tone, native language, or tribal affiliation does not determine their educational, financial, or health outcomes. We commit to educating ourselves on how systemic racism, discrimination and implicit bias impact the populations we serve. We will work to create an organizational culture which provides equitable opportunities and supports for all individuals on our team. We will then collaborate with organizations, communities, and key stakeholders to advocate for and mobilize resources to address present and emerging needs to counter the legacy of systemic racism.

The united way requires all of us.