Staff | United Way of Essex and West Hudson



Catherine Wilson
President and CEO 

Catherine Wilson serves as President and  Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Essex and West Hudson. In this capacity, Ms. Wilson provides executive leadership to the organization.  Previously she served as the Senior Director of Community Impact and Strategy for United Way of Essex and West Hudson where she provided leadership in developing organizational strategy and oversight of the implementation of all programming as it related to the organization’s three pillars: Education, Health and Income.

Prior to joining UWEWH,  Ms. Wilson served as the Associate Director of Essex CASA for Children. This experience included overseeing all program services, activities, cases supervisors and volunteers who advocated for children in foster care to receive a permanent home. Prior to this position, she served as a local child protection worker, CASA case supervisor and Senior Case Supervisor.

Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts from Rowan University in communications. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University and most recently attended Harvard University’s Executive Education Emerging Leaders program.

Barbara A. Hamilton
Executive Vice President of Operations/CFO

Currently serving as Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, Barbara Hamilton joined the United Way of Essex and West Hudson in 1994. In this capacity, Ms. Hamilton develops, controls, manages and provides leadership in Finance, Information Systems, Property Management, Human Resources, and general administrative service activities of the organization. She also serves as a member of the CEO’s Executive Team to ensure the efficient and effective management of all operations of the organization.

Previously, Ms. Hamilton served as Chief Financial Officer, Auditor and Treasurer for diversified public and not for profit companies. This experience included work with Coopers & Lybrand, an international firm of certified public accountants where she specialized in auditing not for profit companies. Prior to this position, Ms. Hamilton served as a financial manager at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Ms. Hamilton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and graduated with honors from the College of New Rochelle. Subsequently, she completed the CPA program at Pace University and received several awards for excellence. Ms. Hamilton completed the professional license requirements in New York in 1986 and qualified to practice as a Certified Public Accountant.

Her present and prior affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey State Society of CPAs and has served as Examiner for Quality NJ.

George Xuereb
Director of Resource Development


Quinnetta Anderson
Campaign Manager

Elise Counts
Donor Relations Manager

Roxan Harte-Enmore
Resource Development Associate

Edward Klecan
Resource Development Associate

Raquel Armstrong

Resource Development Associate


Machelle Lassiter
Manager of Agency Relations and Capacity Building

Gavin Taylor
Manager Financial Opportunity Center

Claire Roudette
Community Health Specialist

Carolina Velasquez

Coordinator Raising A Reader


Karen Murphy
Data Processing Manager

Tracey Hood
Accounting Manager

Jerilene Short
Administrative Associate Finance

Gwendolyn Davis
Accounting Clerk

Vanessa Patino
Data Entry Clerk



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