United Way appoints new president, board members

The St. Marys Area United Way recently welcomed a new president, vice president and members of the board of directors. Newly appointed United Way President Becky Piccolo, an employee of Elk Regional Health Center, is taking over the reins of the organization from outgoing president Nick Gismondi, an employee of MPP in Ridgway.“Becky has been dedicated to her involvement with the United Way as a board and committee member for a long time, and we are all looking forward to working with her in the capacity of board president," said Sherron McGowan, St. Marys Area United Way executive director. "She has insight and a true commitment to the community."Piccolo was sworn in as president in July by the full board of directors.She joined the United Way several years ago and has served as vice president for the past two years.Her additional activities with United Way include working with the Allocation Committee, the Leadership Club Committee and participating in numerous public relations events for the organization.“It is an eye-opener to see what can be accomplished within the community as a result of the people of St. Marys donating to the United Way," Piccolo said. "When I started on the board, I knew the United Way existed to help people in St. Marys Area, but I did not realize how much of an impact the money makes in the area. The United Way is a good thing!”Becky is married to John Piccolo and they are the parents of three sons, Aaron, Adam and Andrew. “My children are in middle school and college. Therefore, children's initiatives like the Boys and Girls Club, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Public Library and the Community Pool are close to my heart," noted Piccolo.As outgoing president, Gismondi has served the St. Marys Area United Way for the past four years, two as president and two as vice-president.“Nick was instrumental to the functioning of the United Way. During his presidency, the annual BackPack giveaway for the kindergarden students continued, he diligently helped with procuring donations and allocating the funds with care, and was a real champion for the mission of the United Way: 'Give, Advocate, Volunteer,'" McGowan said. "We are all thankful for his guidance."Gismondi will remain on the organization's board of directors. He is married to Chris Gismondi and they are the parents of three children, Maria, Nicholas and Dominic.With Piccolo being promoted to president, the board of directors appointed Margie Schlimm as their vice president.Schlimm has been a member of the board for two years. She is married to Joe Schlimm and they are the parents of three children, Patrick, Gina and Allison.Joining Schlimm on the board are new members Joe Labant from SGL Carbon, Rachel Schreiber from South St. Marys Street Elementary School, Laura Sorg from Giant Eagle and Lynn Schatz from Quala-Die Tool and Die. "The generosity of our community and its spirit of volunteerism is alive and well," McGowan said of the new board member additions.