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.

Jean M. Morton is the Chair of United Way of the Mid-South’s Board of Directors, beginning her two-year term July 2020.  Morton is a Senior Vice President at Truist Bank, formerly SunTrust Bank.


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

Scott FountainImmediate Past Chair, Baptist Memorial Health Care

Irvin Calliste, Labor Participation ChairMemphis AFL-CIO Labor Council

Jeffery GreerHuman Relations Chair, FedEx Freight

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

Christopher Anderson, Enterprise Holdings

Shannon A. Brown, FedEx Express

Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial LLC

Roland Cruickshank, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

Cathy Culnane, AutoZone

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

J.W. Gibson, Gibson Companies

Johnekia “Nexi” Carton, Southland Gaming

Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County Health Department 

 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

Craig L. WeissCatalyst Fund Chair, Tower Ventures

Kevin Woods, Public Policy Chair, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Richard WrightTreasurer and Finance Chair, Ernst & Young, LLP

Nataline Purdy, Communities In Schools

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

Cathy Slater, International Paper

Herman Lewis, United Parcel Service

Randy Stokx, Deloitte Services LP

Manoucheka Thermitus, St. Francis Hospital

Charles Thomas, AT&T

Chris VanSteenberg, First Tennessee 


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.

Laura Russell

Director, Communications & Marketing

Letitia Robertson, MBA

Manager, Corporate & Community Engagement

Keshia Merritt

Manager, Creative Services

Shamikia Adkins

Project and Event Associate

Caroline Parkes

Associate, Communications & Media Engagement

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

Andrea Pope

Senior Associate, Senior Accountant

Jarvis Harris

Director, Information Systems & Operations

Matt King

Manager, Information Services

Tehrian Martin

Senior Associate, Data & Operations

Stephanie Sibley

Senior Associate, Human Resources Specialist

Phyllis Hunt

Security, Coordinator

Steven Jones

Associate, Logistics & Facilities


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

Diana Bedwell

Director, Community Impact

Janet Haas

Administrative Assistant, Community Impact

Andrea J Echols

Program Manager, Financial Stability, Community Impact

Yvonne Howard

Senior Associate, Community Impact

Kamisha Tucker

Associate, Community Impact

Donna Owens

Associate, Community Investment and Data Processing

Twana Whitlock

Associate Director, Agency Relationships, Driving The Dream

Cassandra Brown

Agency Relationship Manager, Driving The Dream

LaShondra Hill

Agency Relationship Manager, Driving The Dream

Terrell Clayton

Agency Relationship Associate, Driving The Dream

Karlescia Brookins

Agency Relationship Associate, Driving The Dream

Ariana Young

Administrative Assistant, Driving The Dream

Candace Sanders

Data Analyst, Driving The Dream

Chelsea Brock

Associate, Data & Quality Improvement, Driving The Dream


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

Interim Vice President, 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

Cynthia Bowers

Resource Development Assistant

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.