Did you know that local companies support United Way and the community by sending us extra hands during the campaign? When generous companies sponsor Loaned Executives, we keep our fundraising and administrative costs low so we can put more resources back into the community.
This year, Sheryl Dougherty and Audrey Livingston have joined us as Loaned Executives. As Loaned Executives, or LEs for short, Sheryl and Audrey help local companies run their campaigns, speak on behalf of United Way, and spread the word about the great work we can all do together through United Way.
Sheryl, a first-time Middlesex United Way Loaned Executive, is sponsored by Aetna and Pratt & Whitney. Sheryl has a background in corporate real estate, most recently at Prudential, where she managed the Internet division. She also has a background in banking and computer security.
Sheryl says her favorite thing about being a Loaned Executive is “seeing people get enthusiastic.”
“I like seeing that spark,” she said.
Sheryl grew up in East Hampton and now lives in Middletown, and says her favorite things about Middlesex County are the fairs, the North End Farmer’s Market, and the parks, especially Crystal Lake and Wadsworth Falls. Sheryl is also a mother of three. Her kids are 21, 17 and 5.
Audrey Livingston is in her fifth year as a Middlesex United Way Loaned Executive, and many people also will know her from her 27-year career at Middlesex Hospital, where she served as director of the Volunteer Services department. Now she is retired, and Middlesex Hospital still sponsors her every year.
Audrey says she keeps coming back to serve as a Loaned Executive because, “I like all of the pieces connected to United Way and all of the people you meet as a result.”
“I’m an advocate for the United Way message,” she said. “The monies are used locally, and there’s a lot of thought that goes into how the monies are invested—and we are seeing results and change. Every little bit helps. It contributes to making a big difference.”
Audrey is a Middletown native and spent 30 years living in Haddam. Her favorite thing about Middlesex County is the beach. Audrey says she also loves the spirit of activism in Middlesex County.
“There are so many people who are very involved in philanthropy—and have been for decades,” she said.
Welcome, Sheryl, and welcome back, Audrey!