Meet Our United Way Team
Named United Way of Medina County’s CEO in September 2015, Cheryl Parzych began her career in the wealth management and financial services sector, where she spent more than 25 years as a Trust professional in a number of strategic leadership roles. A proponent of community engagement and civic leadership, she has extensive experience serving on nonprofit boards. Before taking the helm in Medina County, Cheryl served on the Executive Committee for the United Way of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) Women’s Leadership Council. She holds a BA from State University of New York at Potsdam, and was among the first Certified Trust and Financial Advisors in her industry.
"United Way's dedication to creating opportunities for a better life for all is very compelling for me. It is also highly challenging and demands the best from me, our team, and our community. We are truly in this together!"
Director of Community Impact
Maria Burk has oversight of the United Way's Request for Proposal process, agency allocations, and all outcome measurement processes. She works with both external and internal stakeholders to ensure that all programs are meeting stated outcomes and indicators on a regular basis. Maria also reports outcomes to the community, volunteers, donors, and all other stakeholders of United Way.
"For the past several years I've focused on building community collaborations, developing employment programs, and uniting volunteers around community issues."
Director of Resource Development
Drew Hall began his career at United Way of Greater Toledo, where he worked on the annual fundraising campaign and with the Loaned Executive Program. Before rejoining United Way in Medina County, he served as Associate Director of Advancement at Kent State University's College of Business Adminstration. He received his BS and MS degrees from Bowling Green State University.
"United Way is unique in its ability to bring many resources to the table to address the most challenging needs in our community. I'm proud to be part of an organization that can do that!"
Program Manager, Employing Medina County
Debbie Boehmke has nearly 30 years of combined experience in education and the nonprofit sector. She is a member of Medina County Share Cluster, Medina County Schools’ Crisis Response Team, Medina County Housing Network, and Adult Service Coordination Team. Debbie holds an associate's degree from Cuyahoga Community College and a BA from Baldwin Wallace College.
"I love being an advocate and cheerleader for those who may not have the same opportunities I have had. It's extremely satisfying to help families achieve self-sufficiency--and ultimately accomplish their goals and dreams."
Life Coach, Employing Medina County
Beth Ewing brings a wealth of nonprofit social service experience to her role as Life Coach. She has served Medina County in numerous roles, including as Secretary for the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Family Advocacy Coalition Team, and Safe Kids/Safe Communities. She holds an associate's degree and a BA from the University of Akron, and is continuing her education with additional certifications.
"The people I work with and serve in my role at United Way of Medina County are the best--they make my job so rewarding!"
Life Coach, Employing Medina County
Josh Kirksey's years of experience working with children and families in the nonprofit sector make him a valuable addition to the United Way team. For several years, he served at The City Mission in Cleveland, working with middle school students in the Pathway Summer Youth program, as well with the homeless who found shelter there. More recently he spent four years serving as the Recruitment Specialist and Outreach and Events Coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties. Josh is also an ordained minister who has served as student, family, and lead pastors at churches in Northeast Ohio. He holds several licenses through the Lee University School of Religion.
"I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to serve the individuals and families of Medina County. Legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes once said, ‘You win with people!’ and Medina county has some of the greatest people in The Land. I am fortunate to be a part of these great communities!"
Finance and Audit Coordinator
Bobbie Gardner has served United Way of Medina County in bookkeeping and financial managment capacities for more than 17 years. A valued team contributor, she is currently spear-heading our annual Stuff the Bus efforts, among other projects.
"I am happiest helping people and am proud that United Way is part of the broad safety net that makes Medina a great place to live and work!"
Communications and Outreach, AmeriCorps VISTA
Allison Fazio is a native Medina County resident. She was a student of the Cloverleaf school district and graduated in 2013. Following graduation she attended The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a specialization in public relations. Allison joined EMC as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2017 and is in the process of completing her second year of service. Allison is an active planner in the Medina County’s Sister-to-Sister program, serves on the steering committee for United Way’s NextGen young professionals group, and serves on the AmeriCorps VISTA Economic Mobility project advisory group for United Way Worldwide. When she is not working, Allison enjoys traveling and going on outdoor excursions with her fiancé, hanging out with her family, and catching up with friends.