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


Raven Moreno

Development Manager


Sydney Petland

Program Manager, Hillside Family Success Center


Gabriella Munoz

Program Coordinator


Merlis Miranda

Youth Corp Program Manager


Donnell Campbell

Community Service and Life Skills Coordinator


Denise LaSpata

Focus on Families Consultant


Maggie Alvarez 

Grants Accounting Coordinator


Unnati Guru

Administrative Assistant, Newark EMA


Genesis Peralta

Administrative Assistant, Hillside Family Success Center


Sendy Peralta

Office Manager


Valerie Mohyla

Executive Assistant