Meet Our Team

For media inquiries, please contact Shannon Hanson at 319-398-5372 ext. 813 or shannon.hanson@uweci.org

Finance and Administration

Email: tim.stiles@uweci.orgStaff member Tim Stiles
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 826
Hire Date: March 2013
Education: Iowa State University, BS in Pol. Sci/Econ.
Contact me if: You want to learn more about United Way and our work in the community.
Birthplace: Sioux City, IA
Hobbies: Golf and tennis
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Tutoring and working with students in need.

Staff member Amy AndersonEmail: amy.anderson@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 823
Hire Date: August 2016
Education: University of Northern Iowa, MA in Speech-Language Pathology
Hobbies: Spending time with family, car shows, Rough Riders hockey games, and quilting.
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Email: abbie.covenah@uweci.orgStaff member Abbie Covenah
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 827
Hire Date: July 2007
Education: Wesleyan College, BA in Mathematics
Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, and volunteering in our community. I volunteer with the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Kids First Law Center, and Junior League of Cedar Rapids.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Junior League works with teens aging out of the foster care system. Interacting with the teens, making connections with them, and seeing how they thrive is my favorite volunteer activity.
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Email: jason.fisher@uweci.orgStaff member Jason Fisher
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 829
Hire Date: November 2014
Education: University of Iowa, BA in Management Information Systems
Contact me if: You have any questions about the finance department.
Birthplace: Webster City, IA
Hobbies: Running, biking, golfing, and spending time with family
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Staff member Melinda KarminskiEmail: melinda.karminski@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 817
Hire Date: July 2016
Education: Mt. Mercy University, BBA in Marketing
Hobbies: Spending time with family, outdoor activities, and reading.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Helping out at my daughter’s school.

Staff member Andi MooreEmail: andi.moore@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 814
Hire Date: March 2016
Contact me if: You need any campaign materials!
Birthplace: Anamosa, IA
Hobbies: Crafting, shopping, baking, and traveling, even though I hate flying!
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Relay for Life, and anything I can help out with at my niece’s school.
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Email: sandy.nickol@uweci.orgStaff member Sandy Nickol
Phone: 319-398-5372
Hire Date: February 2014
Education: Kirkwood Community College, AAS in Medical Secretary/Medical Assisting
Birthplace: Dubuque, IA
Hobbies: Ballroom dancing, classic cars, and grandchildren
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Helping at the grandkids’ elementary schools

Staff member Janelle White

Email: janelle.white@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 840
Hire Date: October 2016
Hobbies: Cooking and shopping
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Helping at my children’s school.

Marketing and Communication

Email: shannon.hanson@uweci.orgStaff member Shannon Hanson
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 813
Hire Date: June 2014
Education: BBA in Marketing, BS in Leisure Studies, Minor in Music
Contact me if: You have questions about all things marketing!
Birthplace: Iowa City, IA
Hobbies: Decorating, travel, cooking (not baking), crafting, football (Go Hawks!), baseball, and shopping
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Metro North Rotary
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Email: lauren.dubay@uweci.orgStaff member Lauren DuBay
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 836
Hire Date: July 2015
Education: Coe College, BA in Art and Public Relations
Contact me if: You have any questions regarding United Way marketing materials.
Birthplace: Aurora, CO
Hobbies: Traveling, running, spending time with family, freelance designing, and cheering on my favorite sports teams.
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Staff member Digital Media Specialist: Emily GraceEmail: emily.grace@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 834
Hire Date:
 December 2016
Education: Mount Mercy University,
BBA in Marketing; Kirkwood Community College,
diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts
Birthplace: Marion, IA
Hobbies: Baking, crafting, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
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Email: brittany.hoover@uweci.orgStaff member Brittany Hoover
Hire Date: April 2015
Education: University of Iowa, BA in English, Minors in Creative Writing and Gender Studies
Birthplace: Silvis, IL
Hobbies: Reading, playing video games, listening to podcasts, going to movies, swimming in Lake Michigan, riding roller coasters, and spending time with my husband, Steve, and rescue dog, Luna.
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Resource Development

Email: amy.geiger@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 818
Hire Date: April 2017
Education: University of Northern Colorado
Contact me if: You would like to help make change happen by financially supporting United Way’s mission.
Hobbies: Kayaking, hiking, bicycling, gardening, knitting, and cheering on the Hawkeyes, Cubs, and Green Bay Packers.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Supporting our children’s activities. Currently, that means volunteering for Kennedy High School show choir.

Staff member United Way Campaign Manager - Destiny Hastings

Email: destiny.hastings@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 811
Hire Date: September 2016
Education: Coe College, BA in Business Administration; Kaplan University, MBA
Contact me if: You’d like to organize a United Way campaign at your organization! It’s easy, it’s fun, and it matters!
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA
Hobbies: Whatever sounds fun at the moment! You never know what I’ll be up to next.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: I have to pick just one? Not possible. Volunteering is fun and worthwhile because you learn the importance of helping others. I’ve always believed that those who can, should.
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Email: carole.dzingle@uweci.orgStaff member Carole Dzingle
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 819
Hire Date: August 2012
Education: North Linn High School
Contact me if: You have questions about any aspects of running a campaign at your place of work.
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA
Hobbies: Love to travel and fish.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Habitat for Humanity women’s build and summer lunches

Email: brenda.erger@uweci.org
Phone:
 319-398-5372 ext. 841
Hire Date: June 2017
Hobbies: Biking, walking, listening to podcasts, watching the Hawkeyes
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Relay for Life

Staff member Arthur KimEmail: arthur.kim@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 821
Hire Date: August 2016

Email: jay.larson@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 816
Hire Date: November 2011
Education: Associates degree in CNC Manufacturing Technology
Contact me if: You have any questions regarding the campaign or labor in general
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA
Hobbies: Golf
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Coaching

Community Building

Email: leslie.wright@uweci.orgStaff member VP of Community Building, Leslie Wright
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 815
Hire Date: March 2007
Education: BA in Psychology, MA in Human Development
Contact me if: You have questions about who United Way funds or how we do that; you would like to learn more about the condition of our community and how you can make a difference; our community goals and what we are doing to improve education, financial stability, and health
Birthplace: Cambridge, MA
Hobbies: Gardening, reading, and helping out with my kids’ activities like show choir, marching band, and swim team.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Reading to kids on America Reads Day
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Email: ana.clymer@uweci.orgStaff member Ana Clymer
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 833
Hire Date: October 2014
Education: University of Iowa, BSW
Contact me if: You have questions about our health goal initiatives in the areas of prevention, reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), community living for our older generation, and women’s health and well-being.
Birthplace: El Salvador
Hobbies: Spending time with family
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Helping at church with the various children’s activities and outreach

Email: laura.columbus@uweci.orgStaff member Larura Columbus
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 846
Hire Date: August 2012
Contact me if: You have questions about RED Ahead or Reading into Success.

Staff member Cliff EhlingerEmail: cliff.ehlinger@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 812
Hire Date: August 2016
Education: Northern Illinois University, Ed.D.
Contact me if: You have questions about 2-1-1 or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, and watching Chicago sports.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Volunteering at church by assisting with the audio control board during worship services.

Email: meredith.hershner@uweci.orgStaff member Meredith Hershner
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 824
Hire Date: July 2015
Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Social Work
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA
Hobbies: Raising money for charity through running. I ran a marathon in Chicago this past October to support Girls in the Game, which is where I did my internship for my graduate program. I also enjoy being creative, active, and attending community events like farmers markets.

Staff member Karen LewisEmail: karen.lewis@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 828
Hire Date: August 2016

Email: kathleen.paterson@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 820
Hire Date: March 2017
Education: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Bachelor of Science (Math) and Bachelor of Nursing; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Masters of Public Health
Contact me if: You want to learn more about spark*5, a new and evolving early childhood cross-sector and cross-organization placed-based initiative.
Birthplace: Newfoundland, Canada
Hobbies: I love to walk, read, and spend time outdoors (especially camping and gardening). And I relish the time I get to spend with my family and friends.
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Combined Efforts, a visual and performing arts company celebrating artists and changing perceptions through purposeful collaboration between artists with and without disabilities.

Staff member John SpanczakEmail: john.spanczak@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 832
Hire Date: February 2016
Education: University of Iowa, Bachelors of Social Work; St. Ambrose University, Masters of Social Work
Contact me if: You are interested in serving as an AmeriCorps member, or have questions about the great work the Youth Achievement AmeriCorps Program does in our community.
Birthplace: Palos Heights, IL
Hobbies: I love spending time with my wife outdoors hiking, fishing, canoeing, and camping. I also enjoy playing board games, cards, volleyball, and softball.

Email: ashley.zitzner@uweci.org Staff member Ashley Zitzner
Phone: 319-398-5381 ext. 825
Hire Date: June 2015
Education: University of Iowa, BA in International Studies, MS in Urban and Regional Planning
Contact me if: You have any questions about United Way’s community building work, financial stability, or our neighborhood work.
Birthplace: Madison, WI
Hobbies: I spend a lot of my time learning. I enjoy watching documentaries and reading articles, especially ones related to housing and community development. I also enjoy cheering on the Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers!
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Summer Meals
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Volunteer Engagement

Staff member Sue Driscoll

Email: sue.driscoll@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 822
Hire Date: August 2008
Education: Kirkwood Community College, Associate Degree in Retail Management
Contact me if: You have any questions about engaging your company or organization in volunteer opportunities, if you are a nonprofit that needs volunteers, or would like to recognize volunteers in Jones, Benton Cedar, Iowa, or Linn Counties.
Birthplace: Dyersville, IA
Hobbies: Spending time with family, biking, and yoga
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Commissioner for the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. I enjoy working with other commissioners across the state to increase volunteering.

Email: amy.keltner@uweci.orgStaff member Amy Keltner
Phone: 319-560-0811
Hire Date: October 2015
Education: University of Northern Iowa, BA in Social Work
Contact me if: You are looking for opportunities in Jones County to be a volunteer, or you are a nonprofit looking for assistance from great volunteers.
Birthplace: Anamosa, IA
Hobbies: Spending as much time with my children as possible. I love watching their little minds develop and grow. It’s an amazing experience!
Favorite volunteer opportunity: I love being able to give back to my community by involving myself in raising food donations for the food banks and participating in Christmas gift donation programs for children.
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Email: kayla.paulson@uweci.org
Phone: 319-398-5372 ext. 837
Hire Date: December 2012
Education: Iowa State University, BA in Mass Communication with emphasis on Visual Presentation
Contact me if: You would like to know how to put your time and talents to work for a local nonprofit, or you are a nonprofit looking for great volunteers.
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA
Hobbies: Crafting, cooking, baking, and trying to be a great mom
Favorite volunteer opportunity: Any that I can do with my kiddos. It’s great to help them see how they can make an impact at the ages of seven and four.
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