United Way of the Mid-South is led by our Board of Directors. Board members live in our local eight-county area and serve as unpaid volunteers.

J.T. Young is the Chair of United Way of the Mid-South’s Board of Directors, beginning his two-year term July 2022.  Young is the President and CEO, Memphis Light, Gas and Water.


Craig Weiss, Chair-Elect and Investment Committee Chair, Tower Ventures

Jeffery GreerHuman Relations Chair, FedEx Freight

Mary Ann JacksonSecretary/Counsel, Baker, Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Richard WrightTreasurer and Finance Chair, Ernst & Young, LLP

Darrell Cobbins, Community Impact ChairUniversal Commercial LLC

Michael Barnett, Jewish Community Center

Eric Brown, Valero Energy Corporation

Shannon A. Brown, FedEx Express

Johnekia “Neki” Catron, Southland Gaming

Rebecca Cullison, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

Scotty Hendricks, New York Life Insurance, W. TN

James Jones,Teamsters Local representing UPS

Melanie A. Keller, Meritan, Apelah & Generations, Inc.

Ursula MaddenCity of Memphis 

 Leticia “Tish” TownsMarketing & Communications Chair, Regional One Health

David May, Investment Committee Chair, Regions Bank

Jean M. Morton, Immediate Past Chair & Nominating Committee Chair, Truist Bank

John Pettey, IIITocqueville Society Chair, Raymond James

Keith Townsend, Corporate Engagement Chair, International Paper

Craig L. WeissInvestment Committee Chair, Tower Ventures

Kevin Woods, Public Policy Chair, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Robert C. Klesges, Ph.D., University of Virginia Medical School

Todd Lochner, Principle Toyota in Memphis

Josh Poag, Poag Shopping Centers

Ayoka Pond, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

Nataline Purdy, Communities In Schools of Memphis

Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., United Way of the Mid-South

Randy Stokx, Deloitte Services LP

Brian TurcotteFrontdoor

Chris VanSteenberg, First Horizon


Our United Way staff is a strong and diverse mix of seasoned professionals and fresh talent who are committed to the battle against poverty.

Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D.

President / CEO

S. Lynn Jackson

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO/Office Manager


Our Communications and Engagement team connects volunteers with nonprofits, tells United Way’s story, produces events and keeps you informed on United Way’s news.

Carolyn McCormick

Director, Marketing and Communications

Katie McMurtry

Sr. Associate, Communications & Media Engagement

Keshia Merritt

Associate Director, Creative Services

Letitia Robertson, MBA

Associate Director, Corporate & Community Engagement

Shamikia Adkins

Sr. Associate, Volunteer Engagement & Special Events


Our Resource Development team engages with workplace volunteers to encourage support for United Way, provides expert guidance on individual giving, corporate donations and other investments to energize our network of care.

Al Edwards

Director, Resource Development

Stephanie Shearin

Director, Major Gifts, Resource Development

Annette Knox

Manager, Annual Giving, Resource Development

Stephanie Douglas

Manager, Financial & Professional, Resource Development

Regina Holland

Manager, Hospitals & Manufacturing, Resource Development

Rhonnie Brewer

Manager, Labor Liaison, Resource Development

Cynthia Bowers

Manager, Government and Manufacturing, Resource Development

Our Finance & Operation team ensures gifts to United Way are collected and recorded safely and accurately and delivered to programs impacting people’s lives.

Gia Stokes

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Victor Anderson

Director, Finance

Stacey Reinke

Director, Special Projects

Uretha Smith

Senior Associate, Accounts Receivable

Helen Lemons

Senior Associate, Processing & Financial

Britney Holmes

Finance, Associate Accountant

Seth Dodrill

Finance, Associate Accountant

Jarvis Harris

Vice President, IT, Operations & Data Services

Jamara Trotter

Director, Data and Quality Improvement

Matt King

Manager, Information Services

Tehrian Martin

Manager, IT Applications and Services

Stephanie Sibley

Manager, Human Resources

Phyllis Hunt

Coordinator, Security

Steven Jones

Associate, Logistics & Building Maintenance


Our Community Impact team provides operational support to United Way led programs, initiatives and partner agencies and manages our volunteer-led allocations process to review needs and make wise funding decisions.

Angelia Allen

Chief Program Officer

Diana Bedwell

Director, Community Partnerships, Community Impact

Janet Haas

Administrative Assistant, Community Impact

Kamisha Tucker

Senior Associate, Financial Stability, Community Impact

Bria Bowers

Associate, Financial Stability

Donna Owens

Associate, Community Partnerships, Community Impact

Shayla Kolheim

Director, Driving The Dream

Twana Whitlock

Associate Director, Agency Relationships, Driving The Dream

Ann Terry

Manager, Agency Relationships, Driving The Dream

LaShondra Hill

Manager, Agency Relationships, Driving The Dream

Terell Clayton

Senior Associate, Agency Relationships, Economic Supports, Driving The Dream

Candace Sanders

Data Analyst, Driving The Dream

Jennifer Richardson

Senior Associate, Agency Relationships, Health & Well-Being, Driving The Dream

Cormelanie Chillous

Associate Care Coordinator, Case Manager, Driving The Dream

Cassandra Harris

Associate, Agency Relationships, Driving The Dream

Roxanne Rhoden

Assistant Referral Associate, Driving The Dream

SheMichael Reed

Administrative Assistant, Driving The Dream

Campaign Representatives

United Way’s Campaign Representative Program is vital to the success of our resource development campaign and workplace giving programs. Campaign Representatives are employees who are “loaned” to United Way for roughly 13 weeks, from mid-August through mid-November. Many local companies either lend a key member of their team to United Way or they provide us with a Campaign Representative position through a sponsorship gift that gives us either full-time or part-time help.

When an employee serves as a Campaign Representative, they receive:

  • Professional training and practice in sales, presentation skills, leadership and negotiation
  • Valuable contacts in the business community
  • Involvement in solving community issues
  • Opportunities for self-development resulting in a more polished, experienced and confident employee

If you are interested in sponsoring a representative or would like to become a representative yourself, please contact Annette Knox or call 901.433.4370.