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Dawn Cole

Dawn Cole

President and Chief Executive Officer

A North Country native, Dawn has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, the past decade of which has been focused on developing programming and community initiatives to address poverty. She holds a B.A. in Public Relations / Marketing and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership. In addition to working in the fields of public broadcasting, academia, and tourism, Dawn served as the deputy director for Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County (2010 – 2018) and the executive director for Watertown Urban Mission (2018 – 2022). A strong advocate of those struggling with generational poverty, Dawn is actively involved in “Bridges out of Poverty” and the “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by World” workshop series and is co-chair of the North Country Bridges Steering Committee. When not working, she enjoys goofing off with her husband Rick, a transplant from the Greater Toronto Area, and their needy, loveable rescue dog Duke.

Clement Wong

Clement Wong

Director of Finance

Clement was born in Hong Kong and attended boarding school in England in Reading, about 50 miles west of London. After college, he completed his accounting qualification while working full time and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Clement spent much of his career working in London at various accounting firms, mostly as an auditor before moving to Watertown, NY in 2016.  Clement welcomed the change from busy London to a quieter life in the beauty of the North Country.  He is an avid traveler, having visited most countries in Europe and Southeast Asia. Clement currently resides in Watertown with his dog, Darcy, where he enjoys updating his house, golfing and cooking. Clement is an advisory member for the Orchestra of Northern New York and member of Watertown Noon Rotary.

Rachel Burt

Rachel Burt

Director of Marketing

A native of Upstate New York, Rachel worked as a reporter covering various beats at the Watertown Daily Times for three years before joining the team of the United Way of Northern New York in October 2022. Prior to becoming a journalist, she attended Binghamton University and received a bachelor’s degree in English, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University for a master’s degree in the Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism program. When she’s not working or playing with Luci and Loki (her two new rescue cats), she enjoys spending time with friends and family, catching up on reading and shows, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Jennifer Hotaling

Community School Site Coordinator

Jennifer joined the United Way team in 2021 as the Community School Site Coordinator at the Edwards-Knox Central School District. Her mission is to enhance access to essential services, foster greater participation in educational programs, and collaborate closely with community partners to elevate the well-being and success of both students and families. In addition to her role at the school district, Jennifer actively contributes to the St. Lawrence County People Project’s Board of Directors, demonstrating her commitment to community development and empowerment. Outside of her professional endeavors, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her four children and her husband Bruce. Her diverse interests span from beekeeping to caring for her beloved sled dog team.  

Board of Directors

UWNNY is governed by a board of directors with representation from each of the three counties.  The board meets 10 times per year on the second Monday of the month at 3:30 PM except for July and December. Board meetings are conducted virtually and in-person.  For more information about board service, please contact Dawn Cole at dawn.cole@unitedway-nny.org or by calling 315-755-1422.

Board Officers:
Robert Saidel, Chair, St. Lawrence County
Bridget Davis, Vice-Chair, Jefferson County
Pam Hebert, Vice-Chair, Lewis County
Kristen Roberts, Secretary, St. Lawrence County
Michelle Patenaude, Treasurer, St. Lawrence County

Board Members:
Pat Fontana, Regional
Heather Gallagher, Jefferson County
Kati Jock, Regional
Dan Menapace, Jefferson County
Jan Mosher, Lewis County

2024 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held 3:30 – 4:45 PM

  • January 8 – Annual Meeting
  • February 12
  • March 11
  • April 15
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 21
  • November 18