United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties (UWLS) has appointed Helen G. Sneed, Principal Partner of Drive The Goal, LLC, to serve as interim CEO.

Sneed will work with the UWLS Executive Leadership and staff to design a senior management talent search for a highly-skilled, full-time successor.

Sneed’s appointment follows the departure of Monica Wofford to pursue new opportunities. 

“The UWLS Board is excited to welcome Helen Sneed as interim CEO and look forward to her steady leadership during this transition,” said Dr. Laura Byrd, Board Chair of United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties. “We remain committed to executing United Way’s mission of serving those in need. We are appreciative of Monica Wofford’s leadership and her work to advance the organization.”

Sneed brings deep expertise across the nonprofit sector and corporate America as a strategic human resources business partner. Sneed has experience consulting for small, medium, and large organizations throughout the US.  

Sneed also serves as the Board of Directors President for the CT State Colleges & Universities Foundation. She is a mentor with Take Stock in Children (TSIC) and a member of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce and South Lake Business Leaders.  Her past roles include Executive Director for the Tunxis Community College Foundation.  Sneed was recognized in 2018 as Connecticut and Massachusetts 100 Women of Color class Valedictorian for her service to the community. 

“I am deeply committed to driving futures forward,” Sneed says. “Improving people’s well-being, access to resources, recognizing people have different needs at various life stages, and supporting people in times of crises; all start with seeing employees and community stakeholders as whole people with dreams, goals, and great potential.”

About UWLS

United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties serves needs in the areas of income, education and health in both Lake and Sumter Counties. Whether these needs exist among members of the ALICE Population, Veteran population, those who’ve never faced hardship before, or those who wish to support or volunteer to serve and share with others, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties facilitates and delivers a number of direct services and programs including the Master Teacher program, lending library, and Born Learning Trail for early education; the Mission United program to guide Veterans through the complex system of benefits; the VITA program providing free tax preparation, the Family Stability Services program providing financial assistance for rent, mortgage, and utilities, and the Stronger Families program teaching participants the skills to increase sustainability and self-sufficiency. United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties also provides grants or support that funds programs in over 20 partner agencies or non-profits.

About United Way

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide and $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited. 

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