United Way Suncoast Leadership


Office of the President

Carrie Zeisse

Interim CEO


Local Area Presidents

Bronwyn Beightol

Manatee Area President

Jennifer Giresi, Administrative Assistant, Manatee

As Manatee Area President 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

Tampa Bay Area President

Stacy Roach, Administrative Assistant, Tampa Bay

As the Tampa Bay Area President 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.


Sue Wetzel

Sarasota Area President

Abigail Mundt, Administrative Assistant, Sarasota

As Sarasota Area President for United Way Suncoast, Sue provides direction and oversight for United Way Suncoast initiatives in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, leads local staff and serves as an impact partner to area business and community leaders. Sue relocated to the Sarasota area from New Jersey in 2016 and immediately connected with United Way as a volunteer, spearheading the relaunch of its Women United affinity group and joining the Sarasota Area Board.


Resource Development and Workplace Campaigns

Gail Nursey

Chief Development Officer

Emily Chavez, Administrative Assistant

Gail joined the United Way Suncoast team in 2018 as Chief Development Officer but she is a long-time friend of United Way. Gail leads a diverse development team focused on the engagement, cultivation and stewardship of individual and corporate donors and stakeholders across United Way’s five-county footprint.  She works closely with corporate and individual investors to identify initiatives and causes that align with their passions to achieve long-lasting, positive community impact.