Meet the new members of the Women United Global Leadership Council


I am pleased to announce and welcome five new members to the Women United Global Leadership Council. After a rigorous nomination process, the Board voted unanimously to welcome these extraordinary women, and I had the pleasure of working alongside them at the United Way Advocacy Forum last month.

Our five new members come from different parts of the country and bring a diverse perspective and deep commitment to the United Way and the work of Women United®. As a group, we are committed to advancing gender equity and expanding access to educational, affordable, and quality child care.

Linda Demmler is the new president of Women United for United Way in central Maryland. She is COO for IBM Global Asset Recovery Services, a technology leader in intelligent and sustainable IT lifecycle management and value recovery. Linda volunteers her time and talents to foster the leadership, growth and well-being of women and youth, as an IBM Mentor and Coach, Internship Sponsor and IBM Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) Mentor.

Terrie Edwards is a founding member of Women United at United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and current member in Hampton Roads, VA. She is Regional President of Sentara Healthcare, responsible for five hospitals. Additionally, she is responsible for improving the System’s operational processes and has served as Chief Operating Officer of the System Covid Task Force since its inception in January 2020. Terrie has been involved in numerous local initiatives and organizations, including the Women’s InitiativeNetwork.

Jan Brown Helgeson is a member of Women United of United Way Northern New Jersey. She is a Managing Director at Deloitte with extensive experience working with multinational clients to transform and support their global mobility programs by connecting them to broader talent and tax initiatives. She is passionate about DCI and supporting women and people in need, in her local, national and global communities.

For more than a decade, Tessie Johnson headed the PricewaterhouseCoopers Des Moines, Iowa office. In addition to leading the Des Moines office, she is currently the lead engagement partner on various audits of life insurance and annuity companies in Iowa and the Midwest. Tessie has served on various nonprofit and community boards in Des Moines and her commitment to uplifting women in our communities aligns with our commitment to advancing gender equity.

Aimee Norasingh is a Senior Relationship Manager with Optum Financial and has been a member of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Women United Community since 2015. Aimee has served on several committees for her local Women United and was part of the proposal review process for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. As a first-generation American, Aimee is committed to giving back to her local community and eager to mobilize nationally and locally.

I am so grateful to work alongside these women. As a group, we look forward to connecting with Women United members and mobilizing our group to advance gender equity, model philanthropy, and advocate for access to childcare. quality, affordable education. To read the full biographies of our members, visit


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