Volunteer Leadership

The board of directors is ultimately accountable for United Way of Hall County’s performance, reputation, and stature in our community. Through excellence in organizational leadership and governance, United Way is a mission-driven organization, where staff and volunteers are passionate, focused and aligned to achieve goals. United Way of Hall County has a reputation for integrity, transparency and accountability. The volunteer board of directors is effective in setting direction for the organization, ensuring necessary resources are available (i.e., human, financial, relationship) and providing oversight of programs, finances, legal compliance, and values.
United Way of Hall County establishes short- and long-term goals and identifies strategies to accomplish them. Strategies are based on data and analysis, address United Way’s selected priority issues, and drive resource development, marketing, financial and operational plans as well as staff work plans and accountability. United Way assesses progress annually and makes changes as warranted.

2013 - 2014 Board of Directors

David Abee*

Market President,
Regions Bank

Mike Barton

VP, Manufacturing & IT
Marel Stock Poultry Processing

Jeanne Buffington

Executive Director,
Rape Response

Elizabeth Jacobs Carswell

Core Essentials

Ross Christensen

SE Regional Sales Manager,

Amelia Collins

The Longstreet Clinic

Brian Daniel*

Carroll Daniel Construction Company

Susan Daniell

EIS Data Manager,
University of North Georgia

Merrianne Dyer

Gainesville City Schools

Tim Evans

VP, Economic Development,
Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Jim Fitzgerald

Factory Director,
Wrigley Manufacturing

Kenny Gee

Vice President,
Conditioned Air Systems

Jeanne Hanlin*

Director of Operations,
Watkins Total Healthcare

Wendy Ingram

Rushton & Company

Suzanne Jarrard

Chestatee High School

Christina Jones

Financial Consultant,
Wells Fargo Advisors

Dawn Justus

Branch Manager,
United Community Bank

LaCrisia Larkin

Gainesville High School

Kelly Mathis Lee*

Financial Consultant,
Wells Fargo Advisors

Michael John Lovell

Rush Truck Center

Deborah Mack

Community Volunteer

Lana Nix

SunTrust Bank

Bradley Nurkin

Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Spence Price*

The Adams Companies

Ray Reulbach

Vice President, Customer Solutions
United Parcel Service

Wesley T. Robinson

Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar, LLP

Lauren Samples

CPA & Partner,
Tillman, Bailey, Samples & Associates

David D. Smith*

Veterinary Services &
Marketing, Merial Select

David L. Smith

Executive Director,
Center Point

Melissa Tymchuk*

Director of PR & Marketing,
Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Elizabeth Umberson*

Vice President, Materials Management,
ZF North America

Keith J. Whitaker

Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles

Davis White*

Community Volunteer

Philip Wilheit, Jr.

Wilheit Packaging Material

Todd Young

Publix Super Market

* Denotes member of the Executive Committee

Each one of us has the capacity - directly or indirectly - to make a positive impact in our community. Countless volunteer hours provide the backbone for an organization.  The Board of Directors is dependent upon these volunteer committees to ensure the organizational integrity of United Way of Hall County.

2013 - 2014 Executive Committee

Executive Committee supervises the business of the organization between meetings of the Board of Directors. It is comprised of officers and select committee chairs. They conduct the annual performance review of the President and serves as the Compensation Committee on behalf of the organization.

Kelly Lee, Chair
Brian Daniel, Chair-elect
Elizabeth Umberson, Immediate past chair
David Abee, Resource Development Chair
Jeanne Hanlin, Chair of Ethics Committee
Matt Johnson, Chair of Audit Committee
Spence Price, Secretary/Treasurer
David Smith, Community Building Chair
Melissa Tymchuk, Resource Development Chair-Elect
Davis White, Marketing & Communications Chair

2013 - 2014 Advisory Council Members

Advisory Council was recently approved by the Board of Directors to recruit leaders to serve as a public advocate for United Way of Hall County. While the Advisory Council has no governing authority for the organization, members of the Council support United Way's mission in many important ways.

Darrell Snyder, Chair
Area Manager, Georgia Power Company
Stan Appleton
Community Volunteer
Carol Burrell
President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System
Maria Calkins
Community Volunteer
Dan Carey
Area Executive, BB&T
Jim Coyle
Attorney, Stewart, Melvin & Frost
Sally Darden
Community Volunteer
Daphne David
Community Volunteer
Jack Keener
Regional President, United Community Bank
Martha Nesbitt
Retired College President
Sherrie Schrage
Community Volunteer
Dick Valentine
Regional President, United Community Bank
Jim Walters
CEO, Walters Management Company
R.K. Whitehead
President, Whitehead Die Casting

2013 - 2014 Audit Committee

Audit Committee provides oversight for the organization's annual independent audit.

Lana Nix, Chair
Mike Barton
Blair Diaz, CPA
Merrianne Dyer
Jim Fitzgerald
R. K. Whitehead

2013 - 2014 Community Investment Committee

Community Investment Committee establishes relationships with Partner Agencies and Community Partners to ensure that they align with United Way's focus areas and overall mission.

David D. Smith, Chair
Kristi Barker
Mike Barton
Jeff Boggan
Bart Buffington
Ross Christensen
Susan Daniell
Loren Funk
Suzanne Jarrard
Scott Justus
Michael John Lovell
Dana Miller
Julie Nicholson
Kathy Papa
Lauren Samples
Sue Ward
Todd Young

2012 - 2013 Ethics Committee

Ethics committee maintains an organizations code of ethics with annual certification by board, staff and volunteers. Review annual conflict of interest questionnaires and report to board any potential conflicts.

Jeanne Hanlin, Chair
Daphne David
Kenny Gee
Wes Robinson

2013 - 2014 Finance Committee

Finance Committee creates and monitors annual budget, reviews monthly financial statements and reports to Board. Assures adherence to all financial policies and procedures and safeguards the assets of the organization.

Spence Price, Chair
Nick Bruner
Melissa Gramling
Wendy Ingram
Christina Jones
Brad Nurkin
Doug Patterson
Carol Shirley
Trey Wood

2013 - 2014 Governance & Personnel Committee

Governance & Personnel Committee sets, reviews and recommends changes to personnel policies and advises the President on any personnel issues.  They also work to identify, recruit and train new board members.

Brian Daniel, Chair
Tim Evans
Christina Jones
Kelly Lee
Deborah Mack
Wes Robinson
Elizabeth Umberson

2013 - 2014 Marketing & Communications Committee

Marketing & Communications Committee develops and implements a comprehensive marketing plan designed to inform and educate the community about the mission, activities, goals and accomplishments of the organization.

Davis White, Chair
Kristi Barker
Heidi Bui
Elizabeth Carswell
Katie Dubnik
Laura Fowler
Angie Highsmith
Callie Hughs
Spears Mallis
Michelle Piucci

2013 - 2014 Resource Development Committee

Resource Development Committee (also known as the Campaign Cabinet) organizes, prepares and conducts the annual fundraising campaign.

David Abee, Chair
Melissa Tymchuk, Chair-elect
Stan and Susie Appleton
Sam Couvillon
Katie Crumley
Brian Daniel
Murray and Daphne David
Shelley Davis
Katie Dubnik
Kit Dunlap
Austin and Regina Edmondson
Brett Fowler
Stefanie Gibbs
Chris Gooch
Lesa Harley
Brian Hughs
Sam Hulsey
LaCrisia Larkin
Pete Miller
Sandy Salyers
Alan Schuetze
Lezlie Valentine
Davis White
Philip Wilheit, Sr.
Philip, Jr. and Addie Wilheit
Cindy Wilson

2013 - 2014 Young Leaders Society Steering Committee

Young Leaders Society Steering Committee develop, organize, execute and market any Young Leader Society initiatives.

Dawn Justus - Chair
Trey Wood – Chair Elect
Christina Jones – Immediate Past Chair
Elizabeth Umberson - Advisor
Brett Fowler
Melissa Gramling
Kevin Matson
Emily McMath
Abigail Murphy
Guerry Norwood
Erik Provitt
Lauren Samples
Angela Sheppard
Beau Sheppard
Keith Whitaker
Morgan Wood

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