Committee Members

We are grateful for the more than 100 volunteers that give back to the community by serving on United Way committees. They are crucial to our mission and success!

If you are interested in volunteering with United Way, give us a call at 217-352-5151 to talk about a potential match for your unique skills.

Finance Committee

Oversees the fiscal health of our organization, including our budget, audit, and tax filings.


Michael Vittone, CliftonLarsonAllen – Board Treasurer


Jackie Hohn, SURS

Frank Johnston, Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd.

John Kluth, CCMSI

Charlie Osborne, BankChampaign, N.A.

Mark Wisniewski, Busey

Community Impact Committee

Oversees the organization's Grant processes and monitors community conditions.


Caitlin Drake - Busey


Jean Algee - City of Champaign

Deidra Almaroad - Women United

Bill Bell - Amplifier

Mark Driscoll – Champaign County Mental Health Board and Developmental Disabilities Board

Sandy Klitzing - Illinois State University, Retired

Wynne Korr- University of Illinois, Retired

Carla McCowan - University of Illinois

Sheri McKiernan* - Community Volunteer

Sara Olson - Carle

Carolyn Petersen - Community Volunteer

Ross Richards - University of Illinois Foundation

Dr. Blair Rowitz* - Carle

Jenn Smist - University of Illinois

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee


Valena Claiborne


Mary Adams

Amy Armstrong

Jamar Brown

Demetria Candler

Demond Dade

Kara Johnson

Carla McCowen

Eric Reynolds

Bob Rowe

JoAnna Smith

Kandace Turner

Mary Wakefield

Jewell White

Resource Development Committee

Works to grow our annual fundraising campaign and build a deep connection with our supporters.


Sarah Zehr, University of Illinois Office of the Executive Vice President fo Academic Affairs


Kayla Banks, Carle

Leanne Barnhart - Win-Win Philanthropic Advising

Brian Barnhart - News-Gazette

Pam Bigler - Carle

Joe Guyette - Heyl Royster

Barb Harrington - Community Member

Wade Hoey - Martin Hood

Chip Jorstad - Busey

Tracy Parish - University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dawn VanBuskirk - The McDonald Group

Scott Williamson - Community Member

Emerging Community Leaders Advisory Committee

Oversees the Emerging Community Leaders program and ECL alumni engagement.


Sophie Becker, Community Member

Ryan Holmes, University of Illinois

Andrew Hohn, University of Illinois

Kara Johnson - University of Illinois

Jhane Reifsteck - Reifsteck Reid

Betsy Rodriquez, University of Illinois

Bryan Snodgrass - Busey

Shandra Summerville - Champaign County Mental Health Board

Women United Committee

Mobilizing women to engage with United Way for progress and community change.


Deidra Almaroad - Community Member

Gianina Baker - University of Illinois College of Education

Kayla Banks - Carle

Julie Dorner – CORE Spaces

Meg Edwards - University of Illinois School of Information Science

Carrie Eisenmenger - Northwestern Mutual

Theresa Green - Carle

Jacque Schweighart - University of Illinois Foundation

Brooke Starks - Meyer Capel

Stephanie Stuart - Parkland College