Committee Members

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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.

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Our Committees

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, Retired

Bill Bell - Amplifier

Sandy Klitzing - Illinois State University, Retired

Wynne Korr- University of Illinois, Retired

Carla McCowan - University of Illinois

Sheri McKiernan* - St. John's Newman Center

Sara Olson - Carle

Carolyn Petersen - Community Volunteer

Andy Quarnstrom* - Champaign Firefighters Local 1260

Ross Richards - University of Illinois Foundation

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 McCowan

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.


Lisa Rector*, Keller Williams


Kayla Banks, Carle

Pam Bigler - Carle

Joe Guyette - Heyl Royster

Chip Jorstad - Busey

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

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

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

Shandra Summerville - Champaign County Mental Health Board

Women United Committee

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

Christy Arnold - Westchester Group Investment Management

Gianina Baker -  University of Illinois Education / NILOA

Cynthia Bruno -    Miss Market

Deanna Capel -    Busey Bank

Deidra Dame  -    Community Member

Meg Edwards - University of Illinois

Carrie Eisenmenger* - Northwestern Mutual

Theresa Green - Carle

Brenna Kelley-Freiburger - Carle

Bridgett Laird - RE/Max Realty Assoc. 

Jacque Schweighart - UI Foundation

Brittany Simon - Carle

Brooke Starks - Meyer Capel

ECL at Illinois

Provides guidance and support for the ECL at Illinois program.

Meg Dickinson

Libby Ebelhar

Cory Hatfield

Michelle Gonzales

Ross Richards