July 26, 2018
Liz Cotter Schlax
President and CEO
Liz Cotter Schlax, President and CEO
What is your role at UWSM? I have the great privilege of leading United Way of Southern Maine's phenomenal staff team to work in and with our community to achieve long-lasting positive change.
What’s your favorite work moment so far? My favorite moments are when UWSM connects with new partners. I believe with my whole heart that people and organizations want to be part of positive change. Strengthening the social fabric of our community by helping to find a place for each organization and individual to connect and contribute truly inspires me to come to work each day.
How do you take your coffee? I take my coffee and my tea with milk, no sugar.
What’s your favorite book? Long-time favorite: "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren. Recent favorite: "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
What’s on your bucket list? Hike the Milford Track again, this time with our children.
Senior Vice President, Community Impact and Finance
Dan Coyne, Senior Vice President, Community Impact and Finance
What is your role at UWSM? Dan oversees community impact efforts tied to United Way’s goals around education, financial stability, and health – the building blocks of a good life. He aligns funding, volunteerism, public policy, advocacy, and other strategies to ensure the impact is made at the population level throughout the community. A principal architect of Thrive2027, he provides strategic leadership to the Thrive2027 Council, a group that includes executives, administrators, and public officials from throughout the community who provides overall guidance and oversight of efforts to ensure the success of three bold community goals.
What’s your favorite work moment so far? There are so many, but being part of the community-wide process resulted in Thrive2027. In particular, seeing and hearing 2,200 people in Southern Maine articulate a compelling vision for a stronger community and then many working to make positive change inspires me every day.
How do you take your coffee or tea? Like a milkshake: with cream and a natural sweetener
What’s your favorite book? "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson III"
What’s on your bucket list? Traveling to all seven continents and running the Antarctica marathon
Kristin Chase Duffy
Senior Vice President, Technology and Communications
Kristin Chase Duffy, Senior Vice President, Technology and Communications
What is your role at UWSM? Kristin joined United Way in 2013. Kristin received a BA in Communications and a MBA with a Concentration in Marketing from Bentley University. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and engagement with nonprofit and for-profit organizations. As a Mainer, who returned after a few years away because Maine is awesome, she loves to spend time with her husband and two kids and play in her gardens.
What’s your favorite work moment so far? I have the privilege of working with staff and volunteers every day who are incredibly dedicated to and are making a difference in our community. It fuels me with a powerful sense of possibility.
How do you take your coffee or tea? Black
What’s your favorite book? "Game of Thrones" series
What’s on your bucket list? Watch the Tour de France in person with my husband.
Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Governance
Matt Wolcott, Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Governance
What is your role at UWSM?
As Senior Vice President of Resource Development and Governance, Matt oversees the fundraising and revenue strategies as well as board recruitment and development efforts at United Way of Southern Maine.
Matt has been in the non-profit sector specializing in fundraising and development for over a decade. The common thread across his non-profit career centers on education. He has led annual and capital campaigns for a wide variety of organizations including an international school in Guatemala, an independent school in New Hampshire, and a national youth conservation organization based in Washington D.C.. Earlier in his career, Matt was involved in marketing communications for a global Fortune 1000 tech company near Boston.
Matt is active as a volunteer with Rotary, Boy Scouts of America, local youth sports, and serves as a lay leader with his church. He is a graduate of Plymouth State University. Matt resides in New Hampshire with his wife, Leah, and their four children.
What’s your favorite work moment so far? Witnessing the genuine care and sense of responsibility from influential community leaders is both inspiring and gives me great hope for the next generation of leaders behind them.
How do you take your coffee? Little bit of soy, no sweetener.
What’s your favorite book? "All the Light We Cannot See", "The Bible", "Into Thin Air"
What’s on your bucket list? Newport-Bermuda Race (crew for hire!)