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United Way welcomes new executive director

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 18, 2018 – 12:42 amNo Comment

The United Way of Northeast Michigan has found a replacement for long-time executive director Germaine Stoppa who previously announced she would be retiring in August.

Sonya Thomas, an Ohio native, will take over the reins from Stoppa.

Thomas will work with the local United Way staff and its board of directors to raise funds for its’ annual community campaign.  She will also manage the office, promote events and assist the board in the disbursement of raised funds, including mini grants, to qualifying nonprofit organizations.

Thomas has a long history working with nonprofit organizations and raising funds and awareness on their behalf.  That includes employment with Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Heart Association, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul of greater Dayton.

Thomas is the mother of two young-adult children and enjoys travelling, downhill skiing, biking, kayaking, camping, gardening, photography, and hanging out with Zoey, her 9-year Goldendoodle.

Stoppa, who started with the United Way as an office manager in 1985, was promoted to associate director in 1995 and become the director in 1996.

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