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.
Scott Fountain

Scott Fountain

Scott Fountain is the Chair of the United Way of the Mid-South Board of Directors and serves as our Nominating Committee Chairman. Fountain is Senior Vice President of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation.

J.T. Young

J.T. Young

J.T. Young is our volunteer Campaign Cabinet Chairman, leading our resource development efforts across the Mid-South. Young is President and CEO of Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLG&W).


 Christopher Anderson, Enterprise Holdings

R. Scott BarberCorporate and Community Engagement Chair, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel

Shannon A. Brown, FedEx Express

Irvin CallisteLabor Participation Chair, Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council

Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial LLC

Jerry Collins, Immediate Past Chair & Nominating ChairMemphis Light, Gas & Water

Roland Cruickshank, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

Cathy Culnane, AutoZone

Mike Edwards, Paragon Bank

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

Scott FountainChair, Baptist Memorial Health Care

J.W. Gibson, Gibson Companies

Jeffery GreerHuman Relations Chair, FedEx Freight

Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County Health Department

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

Ari Litvin, Wells Fargo

Ursula MaddenMarketing & Communications Chair, City of Memphis

David MayInvestment Committee Chair, Regions Bank

Jean M. MortonChair-Elect & Community Impact Chair, SunTrust Bank

John Pettey, IIITocqueville Society Chair, Raymond James

Nataline Purdy, Communities In Schools

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

Cathy Slater, International Paper

Randy Stokx, Deloitte Services LP

Manoucheka Thermitus, St. Francis Hospital

Charles Thomas, AT&T

Chris VanSteenberg, First Tennessee

Craig L. WeissCatalyst Fund Chair, Tower Ventures

Kevin Woods, Public Policy Chair, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Richard WrightTreasurer and Finance Chair, Ernst & Young, LLP

JT Young, Campaign Chair, Memphis Light, Gas & Water 

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.

Lori Spicer-Robertson

Chief Communications and Engagement Officer

Laura Russell

Director, Communications & Marketing

Letitia Robertson, MBA

Manager, Corporate & Community Engagement

Lindsay Larson

Associate, Volunteer Engagement

Keshia Merritt

Manager, Creative Services

Caroline Parkes

Associate, Communications & Media Engagement

Shamikia Adkins

Project and Event Associate

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 Officer

Stacey Reinke

Director, Finance

Brian Fiorino

Senior Associate, Finance

Uretha Smith

Associate, Finance

Helen Lemons

Administrative Associate, Process, Finance

Dynnice Perry

Senior Associate, Finance

Jarvis Harris

Director, Information Systems & Operations

Matt King

Manager, Information Services

Tehrian Martin

Senior Associate, Data & Operations

Stephanie Sibley

Sr. Associate, Human Resources Specialist

Phyllis Hunt

Security, Coordinator


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

Vice President, Strategic Development

Cecelia Johnson-Powell

Director, Driving The Dream

Twana Whitlock

Senior Agency Relationship Manager, Driving The Dream

Eric Burden

Manager, Data & Quality Improvement, Driving The Dream

LaShondra Hill

Data Analyst, Driving The Dream

Phyllis Fickling

Director, Community Impact

Yvonne Howard

Senior Associate, Community Impact

Donna Owens

Associate, Community Investment and Data Processing

Diana Bedwell

Director, Community Impact

Janet Haas

Administrative Assistant, Community Impact


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 of Priority Partners, RD

Annette Knox

Manager, Annual Giving, RD

Stephanie Shearin

Director, Major Gifts, RD

Regina Holland

Associate, RD

Stephanie Douglas

Manager, RD

Rhonnie Brewer

Labor Liaison, RD

Michael Riley

Manager, RD

Steven Jones

Logistics, Coordinator

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.