Campaign Kick-Off is in September, and the 2017 Campaign Chair Dr. Todd Cellini, Assistant Chancellor of South University, is hyped and ready to get things started.
The 38-year-old, who is the youngest to serve as campaign chair, has been involved with United Way since birth. His mother, Linda Cellini, founded United Way of Sullivan County in their basement in New York in 1972. So, he understood the mission and value of United Way before he moved to Savannah in 2008.
Dr. Cellini may be the youngest person to serve as the chair, but his fearlessness, determination, and charitable spirit are the building blocks that make him unique and ready to take on this role. His great leadership skills and drive for helping others led him to serve as the president of a United Way funded agency, Park Place Outreach in 2016. He is also active in the community with other organizations such as the Friends of the Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital, and being an ambassador for South University.
His work and involvement in the community make him an extremely busy man. But when he is not working, Dr. Cellini can be found outside in nature with his wife Kristen and their two children, swinging at golf balls, or exploring other cultures around the world with his wife.
United Way of the Coastal Empire was able to catch up with Dr. Cellini to ask him a few fun questions about his hobbies, interests, and guilty pleasures.
Favorite place to visit…My wife and I went on our honeymoon to Santorini, Greece and that was probably the most beautiful place in the world I’ve ever seen. So I’d have to pick Santorini.
If you could have a conversation with anyone living or dead who would it be and why? My brain automatically goes to Gandhi or Martin Luther King or a big social movement leader. I say that because one of the things I am always interested in is why people made the decisions they made. I like to understand why people made those decisions or what they saw in that moment. I think that would be a unique conversation to have with Maya Angelou, with Gandhi or with Martin Luther King.
Favorite social media platform…Professionally, I like LinkedIn; from a news perspective, I like Twitter; and for connecting with friends, I like Facebook.
Go to power song…If I had to pick something that will get me hyped up and ready to go, it’s going to be some Beastie Boys.
A must-have…family and friends
I’ve got my eye on…team development trends
I live by the motto…Jackie Robinson, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
I wish…there was more humility and collaborate work towards global problem solving
I admire anyone who…can have a difference of opinion and agree to disagree
If I could be a movie star, I would be…Tom Hanks, he does it all acts, writes, and directs with humility
My guilty pleasure is…Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
If I had $9 million, I would…take care of my family financially, then start a charitable foundation
My favorite drinks…Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte
My favorite food…Manicotti
I’m known for…my energy and passion
My favorite app…Skype, kids get to see their grandparents daily
My favorite word…fair
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Major League Baseball General Manager
If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? Upside Down by Jack Johnson
If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? My wife and two children…We’d figure everything else out.
How do you feel with the upcoming Campaign season approaching? I’m excited! I’ve had 18 months to prep for it. I am ready to go! I think Kay Ford said it best last year. She said, “Every one of those dollars you don’t raise could impact an organization.” And my job is to make sure that we do better than last year, and we continue to grow the offerings to make our community a better place to live. So I am excited for it.