Board Member and Women United Chair to Join Staff

Following a thorough national and local executive search, United Way Suncoast announces Sue Wetzel has been named Sarasota Area President effective August 13, 2018.

Wetzel’s background in operational excellence and change management was honed over her previous 10+ year as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she most recently served as Medical Device Transformation Leader and Vice President US Customer Service prior to moving to Sarasota.

Wetzel’s transition will be swift due to her current familiarity with the work in progress in Sarasota. Wetzel is a long-time supporter, including serving on the Sarasota Area board for United Way Suncoast, as well as Chairperson for Women United locally. In addition, Wetzel has leadership history with United Way, having served as Vice President for United Way of America and president of United Way of Somerset County (New Jersey).

“During our search process we were fortunate to have several incredibly strong candidates from here in the Sarasota area and nationally,” said Suzanne McCormick, President and CEO United Way Suncoast. “Sue brings a unique balance of strong leadership, business experience and community building that will ensure United Way continues to bring the community together around key issues to fight the cycle of generational poverty.”

Wetzel relocated to the Sarasota area roughly two years ago and immediately connected with United Way as a volunteer, spearheaded the relaunch of its Women United affinity group and joined the Sarasota Area Board. In addition, Wetzel is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Sarasota from the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce.

“Having worked with Sue as a board member I have seen her tremendous passion for the work,” said David Ford-Coates, Chairman of the Sarasota Area Board for United Way Suncoast. “The Board and I are confident she will do an excellent job leading our work in Sarasota and Desoto counties.”

Wetzel holds a master’s in organizational dynamics from University of Pennsylvania and a BS Business Administration/Industrial Relations from Seton Hall University.

About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners fight for the education and financial stability of every person the communities we serve. Across DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, we develop, enhance and implement services and initiatives to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit For more information, please call 941.748.1313 (Manatee office), 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or visit