United Way Suncoast Leadership


Office of the President

Jessica Muroff

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Stuart, Senior Administrative Services Manager

As the Chief Executive Officer for United Way Suncoast, one of Florida’s largest United Ways, Jessica  ensures connections are made that cultivate growth, increase community impact and optimize delivery of the organization’s strategic priorities that fight for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, helping adults achieve long-term financial stability and activating caring individuals through volunteerism.

Prior to joining United Way Suncoast in 2019, Jessica was the CEO for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.  She began her nonprofit career at Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc. where she served as CEO for two years; and was previously the organization’s director of marketing and communications. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Jessica was manager of account services at Raymond James Financial, Inc., director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, and an account executive at Roberts Communications.

 


Operations

Bemetra Simmons

Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Karen Fandrick, Administrative Assistant, Operations

Long-time banking executive, Bemetra Simmons has joined United Way Suncoast as Chief Strategy and Operations Officer. Bemetra brings a strong background in finance, operations, and strategy to the organization.

Bemetra most recently served as Florida Managing Director at Mutual of Omaha Bank. In her position, her primary role has been to grow the Bank’s portfolio as well as to raise the Bank’s profile through community and civic engagement. She has worked in financial services for over 15 years.  Prior to Mutual of Omaha, she began her professional career as an Account Manager with WorldCom and served as a Global Account Manager for AT&T Global Services.  She attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN on a basketball scholarship and received a B.S. in Business Administration. She then earned her MBA from Wake Forest University.


Resource Development

Kari Goetz

Chief Advancement Officer

Kari Goetz is no stranger to reinvention and change. An actor in professional film, television, and stage productions from the time she was 10 years old, Kari has had a colorful and unique path to leadership.

Most recently, Kari was the Vice President of External Relations and Marketing for The Florida Aquarium. Under her leadership, she raised the profile of the Aquarium and set historic revenue and attendance records for the beloved institution. Previously, she was the first director of marketing for Tampa International Airport and managed extraordinary growth and route expansion.

Kari has been an audience development professional for the Straz Center, and she still performers and directs with Stageworks Theatre and Jobsite Theater. A Second City Hollywood founder, Kari uses her love of improv comedy to build workshops and MBA programs for students and business leaders at USF and Wayne State University.


Community Impact Officers

Bronwyn Beightol

Chief Impact Officer – Southern Region

Jennifer Giresi, Manager, Special Projects and Operations, Sarasota/Manatee/DeSoto

As Chief Impact Officer for United Way Suncoast, serving Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Hillsborough and Pinellas, Bronwyn provides vision, thought leadership, direction and oversight for United Way Suncoast initiatives and team in Manatee County. A resident of Manatee County for 14 years, Bronwyn has spent more than two decades in the social impact sector leading innovative, community-level change initiatives to advance the common good. In the public sector, Bronwyn had a more than 10-year career working in publishing with Sterling Southeast, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the New York Times locally at the Herald-Tribune.

Since establishing the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading movement in Manatee County, now a regional effort in partnership with The Patterson Foundation, SCGLR works to ensure that children are reading on grade level by the time they leave third grade. Currently, through established and emerging partnerships, Bronwyn and her team are leading and developing The Big Plan, Community United for our children’s success, the latest evolution of United Way Suncoast’s impact in Manatee County.


Emery Ivery

Chief Impact Officer – Northern Region

Dawn Stuart, Senior Administrative Services Manager, Tampa Bay

As the Chief Impact Officer for United Way Suncoast, Emery Ivery provides regional leadership in developing strategies to address the root causes of community issues, thereby creating lasting community change in the Tampa Bay region. Emery has nearly 30 years of experience working at United Way, including senior-level management positions in Tacoma, Wash., Orlando, Fla., and his hometown of Cleveland.


Marketing

James C. Gillen

Senior Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Ana Balius, Administrative Assistant, Marketing

As Senior Vice President, Communications & Marketing for United Way Suncoast, Jim provides vision, leadership, and direction for all United Way Suncoast’s (UWS) communications. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of comprehensive, multi-faceted communications and marketing programs that maintain and augment UWS’s position as a leading Non-Profit in the Suncoast Region and steward the organization’s brand, strengthen the public profile of UWS and engage the public.

Prior to joining United Way Suncoast, Jim most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of a multi-channel media and public relations firm that worked with Fortune 1000 clients across the United States. Jim has held senior marketing leadership positions with organizations in the manufacturing, advertising, non-profit and financial industries throughout his career.

 


Human Resources

Tracie Hill

Vice President, Talent and Organization Development

Karen Fandrick, Administrative Assistant, Operations

Her personal mission is to help individuals and organizations learn, grow and succeed. This has been demonstrated throughout her career as she began work as a Special Education teacher, moving into corporate training and leadership development and expanding into assignments of strategic HR business partnering within insurance, IT, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.