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.


Senior Leadership Team

Juanita Ayala-Vargas

VP, Programs and Operations

Community Impact Team


Hillside Family Success Center

Yucarly Castillo                                               Marie Alston                                                Gabriella Munoz

Program Manager                                         Program Coordinator                                       Program Assistant                            


Denise LaSpata

Focus on Families Consultant


New Jersey Youth Corps of Union County

Merlis Miranda                                               Donnell Campbell

Program Manager                            Community Service and Life Skills Coordinator           



Carla-Ann Alexander

Administrative Assistant, Newark EMA


Resource Development Team

Raven Moreno

Development Manager


Finance Team

Dawn Jeglinski                                                   Maggie Alvarez

Director of Finance and Grants                   Grants Accounting Coordinator                 


Business Services Team

Valerie Mohyla

Executive Assistant