United Way Suncoast Leadership


Office of the President

Suzanne McCormick

President & CEO

Dawn Stuart,  Administrative Services Manager

As United Way Suncoast’s Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne McCormick leads one of Florida’s largest United Ways, ensuring connections are made that cultivate growth, increase community impact and optimize delivery of the organization’s strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty.


Local Area Presidents

Bronwyn Beightol

Manatee Area President

Jennifer Giresi, Administrative Assistant, Manatee

As Manatee Area President for United Way Suncoast, Bronwyn provides direction and oversight for United Way Suncoast initiatives in Manatee County and leads the team. A resident of Manatee County for 11 years, Bronwyn has spent nearly two decades in the social impact sector supporting 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.


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.


Marketing and Engagement

Deanna Willsey

Chief Marketing Officer

Ana Balius, Receptionist/Marketing Administrative Assistant

Deanna Willsey is a runner. Whether it’s running marathons or the Marketing and Engagement department for one of Florida’s largest United Ways, Deanna always strives to sprint to a first-place finish. As Chief Marketing Officer, Deanna is focused on leading initiatives that increase community awareness and engagement with the programs and services supported by United Way Suncoast.


Strategy and Operations

Carrie Zeisse

Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Karen Fandrick, Administrative Assistant, Operations

As COO, Carrie oversees the administration, finance, operations, and technology departments of the organization, as well as collaborates with staff and the Board of Directors to lead the development, execution and monitoring of the organization’s strategic plan.