Meet our 2022
Each year, community-minded employers identify key personnel to participate as Ambassadors in the annual United Way campaign. These individuals expand United Way’s ability to support the organizations that conduct annual workplace campaigns.
Ambassadors act as consultants, relationship builders and resource development professionals as well as inform and share with companies the United Way message through verbal and written communications. They will also interact with a variety of business and community leaders including CEOs and other senior level management, elected officials and leaders.
Sponsored by Watson Clinic
Makenna has been involved with UWCF since she was a little girl. Starting her involvement in Student United Way throughout high school, she was a UWCF Ambassador first in 2019, right after graduating from Polk State Collegiate High School.
Currently she is a Polk State college student, hoping to join a healthcare program soon. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, specifically near water, and going on adventures. Makenna has also had the privilege of volunteering for United Way partners like VISTE, Talbot House Ministries and others throughout Polk County.
Katia started her career at GEICO in the Management Development Program in June of 2020 after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Marketing. She recently became a Sales Supervisor in September of 2021 where she had the opportunity to plan and run the Summer Internship Program.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, family, and beagle. She also enjoys filming moments and capturing memories on video.
“I am excited to continue serving the community as I work more closely with United Way!”
UWCF Highlands & Hardee County
Frankie was adopted at age 11. Two grades behind schedule, his parents provided the proper and necessary help to get him back on track once in their care. During this time he was active in sports, involved in after school academics, and learned to play several instruments. He became an Officer of my school’s Student Government and an Officer of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Not only did Frankie graduate with honors, but he also caught up a year and a half of the two years he was behind. Presently, he is in college while working two jobs.
UWCF Polk County
Marcus Wright is a native of Polk County, Florida hailing from the beautiful, Haines City. He attended Summerlin Military Academy and Bethune Cookman University. Before Starting with United way Of Central Florida, he worked as an Associate Technician IT/Data (Special Projects) and has been involved with United Way’s Young Leaders Society.
He is elated to be working as an Ambassador for UWCF and in his spare time he enjoy riding horses and traveling to different countries.
Saddle Creek Logistics
Sofia Yeako is the Customer Service Manager at Saddle Creek Logistics Services with 11 years of experience in customer service and logistics. She lives in Winter Haven with her husband Rusty, almost 2-year-old son Lucas, and their Dorkie Brady. Sofia enjoys spending time with her family, attending comedy shows, and anywhere there is an ocean.