Staff

Dawn Cole - Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Cole - Chief Executive Officer

Education:- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations / Marketing; Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership

A North Country native, Dawn has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, the past decade of which has been focused on developing programming and community initiatives to address poverty. She holds a B.A. in Public Relations / Marketing and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University. In addition to working in the fields of public broadcasting, academia, and tourism, Dawn served as the deputy director for Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County (2010 – 2018) and the executive director for Watertown Urban Mission (2018 – 2022). A strong advocate of those struggling with generational poverty, Dawn is actively involved in “Bridges out of Poverty” and the “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by World” workshop series and is co-chair of the North Country Bridges Steering Committee. When not working, she enjoys goofing off with her husband Rick, a transplant from the Greater Toronto Area, and their needy but oh-so-loveable rescue dog Duke.

Dr. Tanya Eastman - Director of Education and Training

Dr. Tanya Eastman - Director of Education and Training

Education:- Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College; Master of Business Administration (Strategy and Management) from Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester

Before joining United Way of Northern New York, Dr. Eastman spent 9 years as the Director of Operations at On Point for College and 3 years as the Business Manager at Bousquet Holstein PLLC, in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Eastman started her career at Merrill Lynch & Co., Manhattan, NY, where she was employed for over 10 years. When she left Manhattan, she was a Vice President in the Investor Client Coverage Group. Dr. Eastman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College and her Masters of Business Administration degree in Strategy and Management from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She completed her doctoral studies in the Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher in 2018.

Clement Wong – Director of Finance

Clement Wong – Director of Finance

Education:- Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology; King’s College London

Clement was born in Hong Kong and attended boarding school in England beginning at age of 15 in Reading, about 50 miles west of London. After college, he completed his accounting qualification while working full time and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant since 2011. Clement spent most of his career, 18 years, working in London at various accounting firms, mostly as an auditor. He moved to Watertown, NY full time in 2016. Moving to the United States with his husband, a native of Watertown, Clement welcomed the change from busy London to a quieter life in the beauty of the North Country. He is an avid traveler, been to most countries in Europe and South East Asia. Clement currently resides in Watertown with his dog, Darcy, and spends most of his time updating his house. His interests include music, golf and cooking. Clement is an advisory member for the Orchestra of Northern New York and member of Watertown Noon Rotary.

Natasha Gamble – Director of Development

Natasha Gamble – Director of Development

Education:- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; SUNY Potsdam, Master’s Degree in Social Work; Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Natasha has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam) and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Natasha has intern experience throughout the North Country to include Renewal House for Victims of Domestic Violence and Pivot/Anchor Recovery Center of NNY, Department of Social Services, Adult Protective of Jefferson County, as well as Behavioral Health Department for Substance Abuse Rehab at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Natasha has been with the United Way of Northern New York since 2018. During her free time she enjoys boating, snowmobiling, exercising, and relaxing with friends and family, although, her Chocolate Lab, Jaxx takes up most of her free time.

Allison Andrews - Director of Marketing and Communications

Allison Andrews - Director of Marketing and Communications

Education:- Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from The University of Mississippi

Allison received a Bachelor's in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2017. A native Ohioan, Allison served as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the United Way of Medina County for two years before moving to Seattle, Washington with her husband, who is an officer in the U.S. Army. Allison joined the United Way of Northern New York in May 2021 and is looking forward to continuing her career within the United Way organization. When she's not working, Allison enjoys backpacking and skiing with her husband, traveling to new places, and spending time with family and friends.

Courteney Stepanek- Food Policy Council Coordinator

Courteney Stepanek- Food Policy Council Coordinator

Education:- Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business from St. Lawrence University

Courteney graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business. Living in the North Country most of her life, her studies brought her to Kenya, where she analyzed non-profit programming and expenditure during the summer of 2017. She has experience leading and serving with volunteer groups at a restaurant-style soup kitchen in Philadelphia, PA, as well as at the VEM Food Pantry in Carthage, NY. In her free time, Courteney enjoys hiking and adventuring outside, running long distances, and gardening.