Campaign Chair with Executive Director and fundraising thermometer

Change brings new opportunities and United Way of Greater Fall River (UWGFR) is excited to announce an evolution to their team helping to propel the launch of their Annual Campaign fundraiser. Each fiscal year UWGFR selects a Campaign Chair to lead the fundraising charge with Christina Johnk, BankFive’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President and UWGFR board member, driving this year’s efforts. Joining Johnk in this mission to fund programs rooted in Health, Education, Financial Stability, and Basic Needs are UWGFR’s new Resource Development Director, Patty Armstrong, and Finance and Impact Associate, Mya DeSantos.

These developments infuse new energy into the organization creating a dynamic foundation for UWGFR to utilize in achieving their Annual Campaign goal of $1,225,000, which currently sits at 38 percent of goal or $457,183 funds raised. Campaign Chair Johnk brings nearly 20 years of experience in Human Resources and volunteering within the community having created deep connections in-and-out of the workplace over the decades. Her experience and dedication as a board member provide the support needed to effectively drive success.

“It is an honor to be selected to chair the United Way Campaign,” Johnk shares. She elaborates, “UWGFR is truly an organization that gives back to the community in which we serve and it is humbling to be part of making such a difference for the families of Greater Fall River.”

Campaign Chair Christina Johnk
Patty Armstrong headshot

Armstrong joins the UWGFR team as a seasoned member having served previously at this chapter in addition to a Pennsylvania outpost culminating in eight years of foundational experience. With a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University, Armstrong’s education coupled with prior roles at Whirlpool Corporation and Blount Fine Foods create a powerful foundation to draw inspiration.

“It is such a privilege to be back at United Way of Greater Fall River in this role,” remarks Armstrong. She continues, “I have seen the work the team has done over the last five years, prioritizing community connections to bring a holistic approach to making Greater Fall River a place we can all be proud to live, work, and play. Being back on the United Way team, I am eager to continue making connections that uncover hidden resources in our community.”

DeSantos rounds out the team bringing new focus to the financial data driving this impact. With a background anchored in service and an affinity for numbers, DeSantos offers a nuanced perspective and distinct arsenal of talents to the Finance and Impact position helping to recognize all funds contributed.

To donate to the UWGFR Annual Campaign and support future initiatives, please visit the UWGFR website,, and follow us on social media for community updates at @UnitedWayGFR.

Mya DeSantos headshot