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!"
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 United Way as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2017 and creates marketing materials for UWMC. 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.
“I am happy that I can give back to the community I grew up in and am excited that it’s through the great work of the United Way!”