Leading the Fight: Meet Our 2017 Campaign Co-Chairs

Date: September 27, 2017

As the nation embarks upon a critical time in its history, United Way of Central Maryland has selected Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, and Terry Neimeyer, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at KCI Technologies, as co-chairs for the 2017 fundraising campaign.

Their goal: to raise funds to fight for the education, financial stability and health of those struggling across the region, and inspire more people to make a positive impact on more families.

Murthy was a United Way of Central Maryland board member from 2009-2015 and is a member of the organization’s Tocqueville Society—the network of 544 philanthropic central Maryland leaders who contribute $10,000+ to United Way. Her firm of approximately 90 professionals in Baltimore County, with offices in Seattle and India, concentrates on U.S. immigration law. She and her husband, Vasant Nayak, also head the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, which channels resources into projects that empower immigrants, women and children.

“It’s always rewarding to think you’ve had an impact on the lives of individuals, and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that in our backyard,” said Sheela. “I’m committed to this campaign—I love the work, I love the mission and I love changing lives. We need to be in this as a team, and it’s essential that we all work together to make sure that United Way of Central Maryland has the resources it needs to help struggling families throughout our region improve their lives.”

A decade-long member of United Way of Central Maryland’s Tocqueville Society, Terry joined KCI in 1977 and has since served in numerous leadership roles. In 1995, he became president, a position he held until June 2006. He has served as chief executive officer since March 1999 and chairman of the board since December 2000.

“The idea of co-chairing United Way of Central Maryland’s campaign was an appealing one from the start as I strongly believe in the mission of this organization,” said Terry. “Growing up on the east side of Baltimore, it was always a commitment of mine to give back when I got to a place where I was better than I was when I grew up. There are a lot of great nonprofits focused on a mission, but United Way is the convener and collaborator that comprehensively evaluates needs in our region and strategically directs resources to make sure they are addressed.”

“Terry and Sheela have a longstanding commitment to helping their neighbors in need and to giving back to the communities in which they live and work. Their philanthropic values are ideally aligned with our mission to improve lives,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “This is personal to them, and with these two well-respected individuals at the helm of our campaign, we can fight even harder this year for the health and well-being of people and neighborhoods across our region.”

With the funds raised from the 2017 campaign, United Way of Central Maryland will be able to assist even more struggling families become self-sufficient through its programs that help families, children, veterans and those faced with homelessness.

Since 2012, United Way’s Family Stability programs, which provides direct, site-based services to help struggling families get back on their feet, have helped more than 1,200 families obtain a safe, affordable place to call home, and gain access to stable employment, nutritious food and healthcare. As a result of United Way’s intervention, 99 percent of the children in these families avoided having to change schools, which can impact academic achievement.

Sheela and Terry also will work with a United Way steering committee of leaders from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore City who are community-based and provide insight into the needs of each county.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to join our fight to create meaningful, measurable and lasting change for people throughout our region, visit uwcm.org/donate.

 

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