United Way's Annual Meeting Celebrates Outstanding Volunteers in 2017

We were pleased and proud to honor these outstanding individuals and companies that served United Way of Washtenaw County! They were honored in person at our Annual Celebration on April 12, 2017. See photos of all of our award winners online here.

Guenzel Award
Lori Pierce and Tony Denton

The Robert Guenzel award recognizes someone who has made or is making a difference in Washtenaw County. Some of the traits and qualities that the award recognized in Bob Guenzel were: Caring for the Community; Caring for People and especially employees of the County; Fairness; Vision; Determination to make a difference; Balance with family; Focus; Passion; Communicator.

Bob understood that it was his office that could influence an outcome and that he was the voice for the office.  He believed in uniting the Community toward a goal and LIVED UNITED throughout his professional career.

Each of these individuals has had a distinguished career at Michigan Medicine and been an active community servant.

Dr. Lori Pierce is a specialist in radiation oncology.  In 1992 Dr. Pierce joined the faculty of the University of Michigan.   Since coming to Michigan, she has served as Residency Director and Clinical Director in the Department of Radiation Oncology.  In August 2005 Dr. Pierce was appointed by the University Board of Reagents to be Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs.  Dr. Pierce continues her research and treats patients using her expertise to advise and create creative alternatives for patient care.

Tony Denton is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the University of Michigan Hospitals, Health Centers and Medical Group. He served as the Chief Operating Officer since 2004, and as Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers from June 2014 through December 2015.

He has served and continues as an active member on multiple senior leadership committees in the health system and he has been active on State and National Boards.  Tony is currently a Trustee on the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Tony also has served on community boards and councils.  He is a member of the Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering and Finance Committees.  He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation (CHRT).

Together, Lori and Tony have taken on a leadership role in the Washtenaw County United Way Campaign.  They have chaired the University of Michigan Campaign and this year have jointly chaired the United Way of Washtenaw County 2016 Leadership Giver Campaign.

Besides this recognition, we have more good news.  Lori and Tony will be the Co-Chairs for the Washtenaw County Campaign for 2017-2018.

Volunteer Of the Year

Bob Mull

Our 2017 Volunteer of the Year is Bob Mull.  Bob is a retired Ford executive who started helping people with taxes in 2010.  He first organized a tax clinic at United Way in 2012.  Since then he has been an integral part of United Way of Washtenaw County’s VITA clinic which, this year alone, in addition to producing over $1 million dollars in tax refunds, and saved over $162,000 in tax preparation fees. Money that our tax clients really need to cover basic needs such as rent, utilities, food and medicine.



Huron Valley Award of Excellence
Ford Motor Company, Rawsonville Plant and UAW 898
Bank of Ann Arbor
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor

This award is given to organizations that encourage giving, provides opportunities for their employees to learn about United Way, supports volunteerism and provides corporate or sponsorship support. 

Ford Motor Company, Rawsonville Plant and UAW 898
Ford Motor Company is proud to continue its leadership role for United Way after Henry Ford II and Walter P. Reuther founded the United Way in 1947. Rawsonville Components Plant and UAW 898 are particularly flattered to be the 2017 recipient of the Huron Valley Award of Excellence and is committed to remain a major contributor to future United Way campaigns. 
With the majority of the Rawsonville Components Plant employees coming from or currently living in Washtenaw County, we collectively realize the responsibility we have to support the community through donating time, effort and resources to the many noble causes that the United Way serves within this same community. We look forward to continuing to build on our already strong relationship and growing the scope and the scale of United Way’s presence in the community we live in, work in and love.



At Rehmann, we believe that our long-term success depends first and foremost on people. By putting people first in everything we do, we develop and maintain high quality, mutually profitable relationships with our associates, clients, suppliers, strategic alliance partners and communities

Bank of Ann Arbor

Bank of Ann Arbor Lives United to help address local poverty and to help provide a safety-net of services to families in Washtenaw County.  Our workplace campaign allows team members to impact complex problems and to give back to the community where we live and work. The employees look to have fun with our annual Pacesetter campaign, setting a theme and designing a prize campaign.  We remain committed to growing our results because working together with United Way of Washtenaw County helps create a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community.

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor

"It is a tremendous honor for St. Joe's to receive the Huron Valley Award of Excellence. We value our relationship with the United Way of Washtenaw County and look forward to our annual giving campaign, which is a direct way for us to live out our mission of being a compassionate and transforming healing presence in our communities." Dave Brooks, President, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston

LIVE UNITED Spirit Award
Doug & Sabrina Gross

The LIVE UNITED Spirit Award was created to recognize an individual or individuals who have made a unique commitment to promote United Way and increase the organization’s ability to support health and human services inWashtenaw County.  Our honorees demonstrate a generosity of spirit; they truly cares for others and they inspire others to give, advocate and volunteer.

United Way of Washtenaw County’s Tocqueville Society members – numbering just 70 individuals and couples – contribute over 20% of our total campaign.  Maintaining and growing this important group of donors is the work of the Tocqueville Committee chaired by Doug Gross.  We are very excited to recognize both Doug and Sabrina Gross for their extraordinary commitment to helping United Way of Washtenaw County achieve success! 

Doug and Sabrina were asked what inspires them to Be the One.  Their response:  We enjoy spending time with people who are thinking of others and the community at large.

Poppenger Award
Jennifer Brassow
Gina Stuck
Brandon Tucker
Mindy Costello

The Poppenger Award recognizes a volunteer employee campaign coordinator in a company or organization that consistently demonstrated exemplary commitment to United Way. 

Jennifer Brassow – Washtenaw County Public Health: And here’s what is the inspiration that propels Jennifer to Be the One. United Way is important to me because I am enthusiastic and devoted to helping with people through community activities.

Gina Stuck – Hylant: “I have learned more about the spirit of giving while working with my wonderful colleagues at Hylant than I have anywhere else.  Hylant as an organization as well as Hylant “the Ann Arbor office” truly represent what community, serving and partnership are all about.  This, combined with the powerful efforts of the United Way, has had a great impact on me.  It’s infectious and makes you feel good to be a part of such great organizations! Thank you to United Way of Washtenaw County for this award and all you do!  And thank you to my colleagues at Hylant – And thank you to my colleagues at Hylant – I couldn’t do what I do without them. It truly is a team effort”

Brandon Tucker – Washtenaw Community College: Washtenaw County is better because of the great work done by United Way and their affiliated organizations. I am honored to be chosen as I try to live the mission of United Way through my work and life." 

Mindy Costello – NSF International: When asked who inspires me to “Be the One” for United Way it is an easy answer: My family. My youngest daughter who has autism encourages everyone to keep smiling, my oldest daughter is always willing to help the family no matter what, and my husband loves and supports us all in everything we do. Working with NSF International employees for the past two years as the chairperson of our United Way Committee has reminded me that as leaders we inspire and trust others who will then do the same.

Rising Star Awards
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
University of Michigan Credit Union
Emergent Health

This award is given to an organization or company to acknowledge their commitment to our Community and to a strong partnership with United Way.

Increase workplace campaign
Strong partners, running successful campaigns and volunteering 
They continue year after year to be one of our top 10 campaigns.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District: What inspires our organization to “Be the One” is our relentless commitment to ensuring equity and opportunity for each and every child in Washtenaw County.

University of Michigan Credit Union: “To aMaize our members, community and team by working together for our shared success.”

Emergent Health: In addition to our United Way campaign every year employees assemble baskets with a variety of snacks, the baskets are then donated to hospitals nursing homes, our 24-hour EMS stations and other public safety entities on Christmas Eve. We are inspired by those working in health and public safety professions who are working on Christmas and we appreciate our partnership with the healthcare and public safety communities.  This is our way of saying thank you.

ProQuest: ProQuest is committed to being active in our communities and we encourage our employees to participate in volunteer initiatives. We are passionate about our role in supporting charitable organizations to make a positive impact on society.