Meet Our Staff

Dedicated. Passionate. Mission-driven.
James W. Horne, Jr.
President and CEO

President and CEO of United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) since 2005, James has created an extraordinary track record for developing strong community partnerships, increasing organizational efficiencies, building and retaining board members and financial competence.  He has maintained the delicate balance of dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management needed to run a successful nonprofit organization.  His efforts have stabilized the organization both administratively and financially, with the overall total revenues for UWGUC growing over 80% to date. Read more.


Juanita Ayala-Vargas
VP, Programs and Operations
Dawn Jeglinski
Director of Finance and Grants
Denise LaSpata
Community Resources Director
Tania Guaman
Project Manager, Newark EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council
Darryn Pulanco
Manager, Donor Relations and Corporate Campaigns
Laurensa Theodore
Program Coordinator, Hillside Family Success Center
Maggie Alvarez 
Grants Accounting Coordinator
Vicky Saguay
Administrative Assistant, Newark EMA HIV Health Planning Services Council
Vanessa Rodriguez
Program Assistant, Hillside Family Success Center
Valerie Mohyla
Executive Assistant

Mailing Address
33 W. Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Tel:  908.353.7171
Fax: 908.353.6310