Women United

Created and led by women, Women United is an integral part of United Way. Its mission is simple: mobilize the power of women to advance the common good in Summit County. Members invest their time, talent and professional expertise to
advance causes they are passionate about. By mentoring young professional women, celebrating the accomplishments of local women and volunteering as a group at United Way engagement events, Women United has distinguished itself as a powerful philanthropic force within Summit County.

Those who make a yearly gift of $1,000 or more, individually or as a couple, are eligible to join.

Members invests their time, professional expertise and talent to advance causes they care passionately about – primarily those of benefit to women and children. Women United is recognized as a powerful philanthropic force. From mentoring young professional women, lending expertise to nonprofit agencies, hosting the annual Power of the Purse and Women on the Rise events to volunteering as a group for Day of Action.

For more information about Women United contact Sarah Catherine Teixeira at 330.643.5517 or by email.

Benefits of Membership

Members enjoy benefits including opportunities to:

  • Network and form new partnerships with area women business and community leaders while working together to enhance the lives of others.
  • Participate in the Women United Power of the Purse Luncheon, Women on the Rise, Young Women’s Mentoring Program and other exclusive events.
  • Become involved with special volunteer efforts and planning committees.

Power of the Purse Luncheon

Women United's most visible event is the annual "Power of the Purse" luncheon. The luncheon has featured wonderful and inspiring keynote speakers. The Barbara Mathews Women Philanthropist of the Year Award is also presented at this event.

Young Women's Mentoring Program

Women United also sponsors a Young Women’s Mentoring Program. Women within the first three years of their career who desire to foster professional and personal growth, community involvement, and philanthropy are matched with women from the Council. The objective of this program is to inspire and cultivate a philanthropic spirit in young women that will evolve into a lifetime of community service through personal giving, advocating, and volunteering.

Michele Cerminaro: Women’s Leadership Council

As a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), Michele Cerminaro is able to exercise her commitment to something she’s long enjoyed: mentoring young professional women. Through the WLC...

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Women United Committee 

Chair: Genevieve Adkins, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Amy Alexy, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Tamarlin Barner, Veteran’s Administration
Nancy Baxter
Julie Brandle, Metis Construction Services LLC
Karen Burke, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Diane Caplan
Theresa Carter, OMNOVA Solutions
Michele Cerminaro, GOJO Industries, Inc.
Rachel D'Attoma, American Red Cross
Gayle Davis
Paige Giannetti, GOJO Industries, Inc.
Sarah Flannery, Thompson Hine, LLP
Ann Haas
Ann-Marie Hagenbuch, FirstMerit Bank
Loretta Harland, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Laura Hunsicker, Community Volunteer
Gloria I. Jones, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Julie Katz, Jewish Community Board of Akron
Margaret Merritt, E&Y
Kristine Movsesian, FirstMerit Bank
Caryl-Lynn Mazullo, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Sherry Neubert, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Linda Nuosci, Fifth Third Bank
Deborah Okey, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Ann Otto, Community/Civic Volunteer
Vanessa Robinson, Department of Veterans Affairs
Jacqueline Silas-Butler, Project GRAD Akron
Barbara Stamatis, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Susan Steiger, US Bank
Katie Sutter, Excelsior Marking
Gertrude Wilms, City of Akron