Natalie Jablonski, Director of Communications at Schnuck Markets, Inc., has been named the 2023 board chair for the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis.
“I firmly believe that when we come together to support one another we are paving a path to a brighter tomorrow for our community,” Jablonski said. “When we strive to be of value and make a difference in the life of another person – that makes our entire community stronger. I’m excited to have the opportunity to provide value through my work as the board chair of the Illinois Division.”
Jablonski joined Schnucks, one of the largest privately held supermarket chains in the country, in 2018 as manager of internal communications. She began her current role in 2020 and provides leadership and support for the company’s communication team through the development of content and channels that focus on external and internal communications.
Jablonski’s history of service to United Way began in 2006, when she led the employee campaign while working at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Later, as president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, a United Way supported organization, she attended many company campaign rallies to speak about United Way’s impact on local nonprofits. At Schnucks, she continues to champion United Way, serving on the company’s campaign committee and co-leading its 100 Neediest Cases campaign. She joined the Illinois Division’s Board of Directors in 2019.
“To help our neighbors and local communities move forward from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that we stand together to help lift each other up,” said Michelle Tucker, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “We are grateful for Natalie’s support and leadership and are excited to have her in this crucial role once again as we work to help everyone in our region live their best possible lives.”
Jablonski is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Swansea and serves on the Board of Women Empowering Women National and on the Leadership Council for It’s Your Birthday, Inc. Previously, Jablonski has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and as an Examiner with the Illinois Performance Excellence recognition program. She has been honored with the Chief’s Citizen Certificate of Excellence Award from the Swansea Police Department in 2017, the Lifesaving Award by the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commissioner & Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Association in 2018 and as a 2010 Phenomenal Woman by the Center for Racial Harmony of St. Clair County. She holds a master’s degree in management from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from McKendree University.
United Way’s Illinois Division, which serves Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties, also welcomed the following as new auxiliary board members:
- Lisa Adams, MarketPlace Magazine
- Jim Davis, Spectrum
- Steve Duft, IBEW Local 309
- Reginald Johnson, Unite Here Local 74
- Cedric Mitchell, Civic Leader
- Regina Peterson, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
- Kate Ramage, LECET/SW IL Laborers District Council
- Kyler Stevens, MG+M Law Firm
- Tricia Tialdo, Strano and Associates
- Sean Toolen, Real Estate Agent/Toolen Running Shoes
- Andrew Wetzler, First National Bank of Waterloo
Alongside Jablonski, P. K. Johnson V; partner at Johnson, Johnson, & Nolan; will serve as the 2023 board vice chair.
About United Way of Greater St. Louis
United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. United Way helps people in our 16-county region in Missouri and Illinois by supporting the foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit www.HelpingPeople.org.