change lives.

Our Team

Executive Director

Alexya Heelis

Phone: (506) 658-1214


Hi, I’m Alexya Heelis, the United Way’s Executive Director. My passion is working with others to build strong communities by helping social agencies be robust, enduring and efficient – the best they can possibly be. Join me!

Mom. Outdoor enthusiast. Netflix aficionado.

Finance Manager

Sheila Comeau-Oldfield

Phone: (506) 658-1228


My name is Sheila Comeau and I have been the Accounting Manager for 27 years. While working here, I have been able to see the change United Way has made in our community over two decades, and I am proud to be part of the movement.

Mother. Grandmother. Motorcyclist.

Support Staff

Gina Carter

Phone: Main Office (506) 658-1212


My name is Gina Carter and I’m the Administrative Assistant at your local United Way. Every day, I am grateful to be working with a team that creates demonstrable impact in our community.

Cook. Mother. Holistic

Resource Development Manager

Jo-Anne Renton

Phone: (506) 658-1229


Hi, I’m Jo-Anne Renton. I’m the Relationship and Development Officer and I’m thrilled to be part of this United Way team that works so hard to improve the lives of people in the Saint John, Kings & Charlotte region. I love engaging in dialogue that helps to build concrete and collaborative solutions that will empower people in their lives. We are stronger together and together we will make a brighter future.

Mom. Classic Rock singer. Cat lover.

Relationship & Development Officer

Ben O'Neill

Phone: (506) 333-5144


Hi, I’m Ben O’Neill, and I am the Relationship & Development Officer with your local United Way. I am thrilled to work alongside our communities in Saint John, Kings & Charlotte Counties. I love being able to see the positive high-level impact United Way donors have on our communities most vulnerable. I enjoy spending time connecting and building meaningful relationships with community members and working towards collaboration that generates social impact. Together, we can build a better community for everyone.

Brother. Born and Raised Saint Johner. United Way Advocate

Community Impact Manager

Chelsie Nightingale

Phone: 506-658-1228


Hi, I'm Chelsie, and I'm the Community Impact Manager serving from Charlotte to Kings Counties, (and all stops in between). I am passionate about seeing our region flourish; I believe that building capacity in our non-profit sector is the solution to addressing gaps and challenges faced by our communities. I have a background in non-profit leadership, community mobilization, and meaningful partnership development. With these skills, I hope to help strengthen the sector and support our incredible local non-profits and charities, as well as enhance the impact of United Way Saint John, Kings, and Charlotte.

Partner. Advocate. Socially-awkward extrovert (and owning it).