United Way of Central Maryland Announces New Leadership for Membership Groups
BALTIMORE (September 13, 2017) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced new leadership for its membership groups, including the Tocqueville Society, Leaders United and Women United. The membership groups are comprised of individuals with different backgrounds, all with one goal: fighting for the education, financial stability and health of every person in every community in central Maryland.
Walter (Wally) Pinkard has been named chair, and Mark Huston will serve as vice chair of the Tocqueville Society, which for 30 years has helped shape the future of central Maryland through members’ leadership gifts of $10,000 and more. United Way of Central Maryland’s Tocqueville Society has invested nearly $8 million in the region in the past 30 years, driving social impact in the areas of education, health, housing and employment.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Pinkard has been active in the commercial real estate business for 40 years. As a senior advisor at Cushman & Wakefield, he provides insight on complex real estate enterprises to his industry professionals. In addition to his executive duties, he has been actively involved in advisory work on behalf of the firm’s significant user and investor clients.
With more than 33 years of experience in the energy utility industry, Mark Huston oversees Constellation’s national retail energy business and is responsible for marketing, sales, fulfillment and product development of energy solutions in support of commercial, industrial and residential customers. Huston has been a leader in Constellation’s retail business since 2006 and has overseen its development into a national leader.
Matthew Beck has been named chair for United Way’s Leaders United group, an extensive network of more than 3,500 generous donors who contribute $1,000 or more to United Way each year to improve education and access to healthy food, keep children and families out of homeless shelters, and get our neighbors in need on the path to self-sufficiency. Vice president and managing director at Steven Douglas, Matthew Beck is responsible for the overall leadership of the company’s Baltimore office and also leads the sales, marketing and operations executive search practice nationally.
Lori Villegas and Tere Geckle have been named chair and vice chair for United Way’s Women United, a dynamic group of more than 1,400 local women who donate $1,000 or more and are committed to helping their neighbors in need and stabilizing families facing poverty. As a senior vice president and wealth advisor with Morgan Stanley, Villegas has been advising clients for more than 20 years in Baltimore. She specializes in working with business owners and executives, assisting them with risk management, tax planning strategies and creating a plan for financial security.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Geckle is the former vice president of Sogeti USA, an information technology services company that has delivered business value and solutions with sector expertise worldwide for more than 45 years. Now retired, Geckle managed client relationships for companies throughout the mid-Atlantic region as vice president with the organization.
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 www.uwcm.org.
About United Way of Central Maryland
United Way fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in every community. For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties, and Baltimore City.
All of United Way’s work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the program has provided answers for more than 104,000 calls for help in fiscal year 2016.
In January 2017, United Ways in Maryland released the ALICE® Report, revealing that more than a third of Maryland households – nearly 750,000 – either live in poverty, or qualify at or below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold. United Way of Central Maryland works to stabilize ALICE residents – individuals and families who work hard but still cannot afford basic necessities because of Maryland’s high cost of living – and those that fall below the Federal Poverty Level, by focusing on the building blocks of a better life to become self-sufficient: education, employment, housing and health.
United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. United Way of Central Maryland encourages individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Working together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves.