Why me? It’s natural for people to ask when their lives and livelihoods hang in the balance. There’s no single answer to that question. But United Way does everything humanly possible to provide responses and solutions that protect, improve and empower lives around Southwest Michigan. Whether it was through volunteerism, our strong nonprofit sector, or community-wide initiatives, change happened in a big way in 2016.

We are entering our 75th year serving Southwest Michigan, and we’re excited to build on the changes made in 2016. But, there is still so much work to be done. Please join the fight. Because change doesn’t happen alone. Hope isn’t a one-man band. And there’s no such thing as self-taught or self-made. We have one life. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED. 

Andy Janson, Board Chair
President, Hanson Logistics

Ann Cardon, Vice Chair                                                                 Superintendent, St. Joseph Public Schools

Kim Richardson, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Vice President, Retail Banking, 1st Source Bank

Dave Doetsch, Secretary
Vice President/General Manager, Mid-West Family Broadcasting

James Knight, Impact Cabinet Chair
Market Vice President, United Federal Credit Union

Luann Harden, Immediate Past Chair
Regional Director, Western Michigan University - Battle Creek, Lansing & Southwest Michigan

Jay Fettig
Owner, North Pier Brewing Company

Jim Keppler
Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain & Quality, Whirlpool Corporation

Ontaygo Johnson
Vocational Specialist, Kinexus

Sam Partin
Site Manager, D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant

Mike Wells
General Manager, Walsworth

Megan O. Yore
Chief Communications Officer & Director of Marketing, Lakeland Health

Nermina Kamencic
Global Human Resources Director, Gast Manufacturing Inc.

Thomas Atkinson
Chief of Staff, Southwestern Michigan College and Treasurer, Lewis Cass ISD

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