United Way Holds Annual Meeting, Votes in Officers

January 15, 2021 (Gales Ferry, Conn) – United Way of Southeastern Connecticut held its Annual Meeting and approved the Officers of the Board, electing one new Director, and appointing two others.
The Officers of the Board are:

  • Chair - William Louis, President, MDA-UAW Local 571
  • Immediate Past Chair - Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
  • Chair-Elect - Marie-Clair Peakman, Pfizer
  • Vice Chair - Ken Rowland, 1st Vice President, MDA-UAW Local 571
  • Secretary - Nikki Gullickson, Community Volunteer
  • Treasurer - Joan Wessell, Senior Resources Agency on Aging
All Officers are returning in their role on the Board with the exception of Marie-Claire Peakman, who was approved at Chair-Elect. Peakman is Executive Director of Primary Pharmacology Group at Pfizer. She has been at Pfizer for 22 years holding leadership positions in Exploratory Medicinal Sciences, the CVMED Research Unit, Pharmakokinetics Dynamics and Metabolism, and the Research Centers of Emphasis. She holds a B.Pharm. Hons. Degree in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of Nottingham U.K. She conducted postdoctoral work at Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Peakman has served on United Way’s Community Impact Committee. She was recognized in 2018 as a ‘We Work for Health Champion’ by PhRMA and as a 2019 finalist for the CT Women in Innovation Awards.
The newly-nominated and approved Director is Matthew Teicholz, Program Chief Engineer responsible for overall engineering execution and strategic direction for an engine family at Pratt & Whitney. Prior to taking his current position, Mr. Teicholz held other senior organizational and program leadership positions where he had significant involvement in the development and fielding of the Next Generation Product Family. He has contributed to several publications and served on numerous advisory boards at the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Teicholz earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UConn in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and certificates from Stanford and University of Virginia.
Two Directors were also appointed at the Annual Meeting. Stephanie Johnson who is President of the SECT AFL-CIO and will serve at the Labor Committee Chair and Susan Sedensky who is Executive Director of Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and will represent the United Way Council of Agency Executives.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, employment training, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.
United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center which provides food to the local emergency food system, including a Pop-up Mobile Pantry distributions, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at www.uwsect.org to get involved.