Unify Against Bullying is a 501c3

About

We pledge to bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity.

There are countless children waging quiet battles against bullying. Many believe that they are alone. Unify Against Bullying wants these children to know they are far from alone. They are supported by a loving, caring community of fellow students, teachers, parents, brothers, sisters, business leaders and others.

When we stand together, we stand as one.

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Our Mission

To bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity. We intend to accomplish this goal through providing grants to those who are in the best position to make a difference; children, parents, teachers and administrators. These are the unsung heroes who are on the front-lines of bullying each and every day. Through providing them with funding and resources, we can show the children of the world; the days of ignoring bullying are over. Instead, we are in a new era where we celebrate our differences and come together as one community. That is why in the Unify movement we say; when we stand together, we stand as one.

Bullying impacts everyone:
Bullying affects children of every shape, size, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical ability. Everyone has dealt with bullying at one level or another. Unify Against Bullying's powerful and consistent presence in the community and in our schools, brings all of us together to speak out against bullying with one voice.

Founders


In January of 2015, the Zemba family began looking for an anti-bullying charity. They wanted to donate all of the proceeds from their annual fashion show which was dedicated to celebrating the uniqueness of each and every child. Although they found a number of small efforts, none seemed to fit what they were looking for. They wanted an organization which incorporated children into the conceptualizing and running of its anti-bullying programs. This was due to their experience that children seemed to respond better to peers rather than well-intentioned adults. Additionally, they were committed to ensuring that funds raised would stay within the same communities which raised them. Eventually, the Zembas turned to fellow parents, business leaders and students to ask for help. Before long, Unify Against Bullying was born.


“The message of embracing diversity and speaking out against bullying resonates with people of every age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical ability. We've all dealt with bullying one way or another; personally, as a parent, a friend, classmate, or even bystander. It’s part of life and our hope is to let the children who are being bullied know that they aren't alone. On the contrary, we stand with them. That’s why those of us in the Unify movement like to say; when we stand together, we stand as one.”

Edward Zemba
President,
Unify Against Bullying
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Edward Zemba

President,
Robert Charles Photography

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Susanna Zemba

Chief Experience Officer,
Robert Charles Photography

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Robert Zemba

Co-Owner,
Robert Charles Photography

Executive Director


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Christine Maiwald

Executive Director

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“Chris brought a tremendous amount of passion, energy and heart to Unify since the first day she became a member of the board of directors. Now, as Executive Director this represents a transformative step forward for our young and ambitious organization. With Chris at the forefront of Unify, our potential to make a difference in the lives of local children and schools is truly unlimited”

Edward Zemba President Unify Against Bullying

In her previous position as corporate administrator for Renaissance Advisory Services, LLC, of Ludlow, Maiwald was an integral part of the firm and was responsible for the day-to-day operations, accounts payable, event planning and corporate branding.

“I am passionate about educating children and adults about the devastating effects bullying can have. Bullying is not confined to school or to social media. It exists in the home and workplace, too,” said Maiwald. “In just three short years, Unify Against Bullying has been able to raise enough funds to award grants to 15 individuals and organizations whose mission it is to spread the anti-bullying message through education, acts of kindness, support and awareness.”

Maiwald and her husband, Werner, were chosen by the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce as the 2017 “Citizens of the Year” for their philanthropic work. She sits on the Board of the East of the River 5 Town Chamber and is a member of the Springfield Regional Chamber. In addition, Maiwald has volunteered for Revitalize CDC and The Galaxy Community Council. She previously served as a member of the Sisters of Providence Elder Life program and “Catch the Spirit” committee and Baystate VNA Hospice.

Board Members


Student Board

Student Board

The Kids of Unify are our Inspiration!

Unify Against Bullying started with a small group of kids that have been at the very heart of Unify ever since. Our Student Board understands that when they sit down to share their thoughts, they do so on behalf of every child who has ever been touched by bullying.

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting and dynamic group of young leaders!


Executive Board Of Directors

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Edward Zemba
Board Chair/President

President, Robert Charles Photography

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Susanna Zemba
Vice Chair/Vice President

CEO, Robert Charles Photography

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Kristi Reale
Treasurer

Partner, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

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Sarah Goff
Secretary

Manager, Kohl’s

Board Of Directors

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Mark Ashe

President, Marx Entertainment

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Joanne Berwald

VP of Human Resource, Mestek, Inc.

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Bill Cole

Owner/Lead Designer, Tiger Web Designs

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Michelle Doyle

ISV Partner Account Director, Salesforce

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Van Johnson

Attorney, V. Van Johnson III

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Carolyn Lindsay

Senior Buyer-Purchasing, Cartamundi

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Debra Mainolfi

Branch Manager, Peoples United Bank

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Isaiah Moskowitz

Founder & CEO, LTI Business Solutions

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Kelly Murphy

Co-Owner, Cutting Edge Salon

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Jim Powers

CEO, CJC Lighting & Production

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Lisa Powers

Producer, CJC Event Lighting & Production

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Michael Sakey

Co-Owner, Center Square Grill

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Michelle Smith-Cotto

Assistant Counsel, Farm Credit East

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Karen Tetreault

Exec. Assistant, Economic Development Council

Media/Press


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From Edward Zemba, Founder:

“UNIFY has grown beyond anything we ever originally conceptualized. Don’t get me wrong, we were shooting for the stars. However, we never dreamed UNIFY would impact so many, so deeply. When Aiden shared his thoughts, he spoke to our hearts. We realized immediately that all the late nights and early mornings were worth it. Even if just one child walked away realizing that he wasn’t alone, we succeeded beyond words.”

Press Releases & Event Dates


General News about Bullying

From a 10-year-old little boy who attended UNIFY 2015: When asked why he stood up on his chair and took video of the fashion show for over one hour, he replied… “It’s to remind me that I’m not alone.”

UNIFY 2015 grew beyond anything we ever originally conceptualized. Don’t get me wrong, we were shooting for the stars. However, we never dreamed UNIFY would impact so many so deeply. When Aiden said those words above, he truly spoke to our hearts. We decided immediately that all the late nights and early mornings were worth it. Even if just one child walked away from UNIFY realizing that he wasn’t alone, we had succeeded beyond words.