2019 Board Members

Ann Cardon, Executive Committee, Board Chair
Superintendent, St. Joseph Public Schools

Hilda Banyon

Zack East
Regional Digital & Technical Manager, Mid-West Family Broadcasting

Jay Fettig, Impact Strategies
Owner, North Pier Brewing Company

Chris Hardy, Executive Committee, Vice Chair
Senior Associate, Plante Moran

Randy Hendrixson
Owner, DPM Events & Berrien County Record

Brent Holcomb
Superintendent, Lewis Cass ISD

James Petro
Engineering Director, American Electric Power

Douglas Schaffer, 2019 Campaign Chair
Vice President - Enrollment & Community Partnership, Lake Michigan College

Emily Szymkiewicz, Executive Committee, Treasurer/Secretary
Market Vice President, United Federal Credit Union

Casey Tubman, Executive Committee, Chair, Impact Cabinet
VP/GM Laundry, North America, Whirlpool Corp.

Kimberly Vincent
VP - Regional Sales Manager, 1st Source Bank

 
Meet Kimberly Vincent    What inspired you to become a part of United Way?  My brother is assisted through Area Agency on Aging and I give forward for him. I have been part of United Way for 38 years and know how it helps our community partners.   Why do you serve on the board?  I accepted a position on the board in hopes that I can communicate the needs of others to United Way. Equally important is for me is to advocate on behalf of United Way by telling the United Way story.   What is your leadership philosophy?  Leadership is listening and actively seeking positive impact for others. Listen without distraction. Giving undivided attention provides a path for understanding.   What is your most memorable volunteer experience?  My most memorable experiences volunteering are the many Senior Days of Action I have participated in. The seniors open their homes to us and are appreciative of all we do. I enjoy hearing about their lives. The second part I love about those days is the camaraderie with my 1st Source Bank peers.   What is your most treasured possession?  I treasure my family. I’ve been the recipient of family heirlooms that bring back the best memories. I love to tell my grandchildren about my family history through my keepsakes.   What is your motto?  Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!

Meet Kimberly Vincent

What inspired you to become a part of United Way? My brother is assisted through Area Agency on Aging and I give forward for him. I have been part of United Way for 38 years and know how it helps our community partners.

Why do you serve on the board? I accepted a position on the board in hopes that I can communicate the needs of others to United Way. Equally important is for me is to advocate on behalf of United Way by telling the United Way story.

What is your leadership philosophy? Leadership is listening and actively seeking positive impact for others. Listen without distraction. Giving undivided attention provides a path for understanding.

What is your most memorable volunteer experience? My most memorable experiences volunteering are the many Senior Days of Action I have participated in. The seniors open their homes to us and are appreciative of all we do. I enjoy hearing about their lives. The second part I love about those days is the camaraderie with my 1st Source Bank peers.

What is your most treasured possession? I treasure my family. I’ve been the recipient of family heirlooms that bring back the best memories. I love to tell my grandchildren about my family history through my keepsakes.

What is your motto? Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!

Meet Randy Hendrixson    What inspired you to become a part of United Way?  Actions speak louder than words. During my work with the Buchanan and Niles Chambers of Commerce, I started to become familiar with United Way’s work in our communities. As part of one of my roles with the Chamber (Buchanan Promise steering committee), we were the recipient of a very critical grant that enabled our program to get off the ground. United Way sprang into action and made a huge impact in our community.   Why do you serve on the board?  Need and impact. In today’s fast-paced busy world, finding community volunteers is becoming increasingly more difficult. While volunteerism is becoming more sparse, community needs are increasing. I believe that volunteering my time and resources to give back makes for a better place to live and work, and I hope it motives others to do the same   What is your leadership philosophy?  One person can absolutely make a difference.   What is your most memorable volunteer experience?  Volunteering for the Tim Tebow Foundation “Night to Shine” event. It is incredibly moving to see how the efforts put forth by volunteers for this national event brings a different level of pure joy and happiness to those who do not get to experience that feeling often.   Who are your heroes in real life?  Teachers and medical professionals.

Meet Randy Hendrixson

What inspired you to become a part of United Way? Actions speak louder than words. During my work with the Buchanan and Niles Chambers of Commerce, I started to become familiar with United Way’s work in our communities. As part of one of my roles with the Chamber (Buchanan Promise steering committee), we were the recipient of a very critical grant that enabled our program to get off the ground. United Way sprang into action and made a huge impact in our community.

Why do you serve on the board? Need and impact. In today’s fast-paced busy world, finding community volunteers is becoming increasingly more difficult. While volunteerism is becoming more sparse, community needs are increasing. I believe that volunteering my time and resources to give back makes for a better place to live and work, and I hope it motives others to do the same

What is your leadership philosophy? One person can absolutely make a difference.

What is your most memorable volunteer experience? Volunteering for the Tim Tebow Foundation “Night to Shine” event. It is incredibly moving to see how the efforts put forth by volunteers for this national event brings a different level of pure joy and happiness to those who do not get to experience that feeling often.

Who are your heroes in real life? Teachers and medical professionals.

Meet Ann Cardon, Board Chair    What inspired you to become a part of United Way?  Early in my career as an educator, I learned first hand what a positive impact United Way could play in the families who needed additional supports for a variety of reasons.   Why do you serve on the board?    I think it is important in my role to model the importance of giving back to your community—and especially when some of our school families are the benefactors.   What is your leadership philosophy?  I believe in surrounding myself with smart people of high character who value the concept of team—together we are stronger than one. My five top values are balance, courage, family, integrity and passion.   What is your most memorable volunteer experience?    The day of caring events that I have participated in—rolling up my sleeves and helping with community projects.   What quality do you most like in a person?    Honesty, trustworthiness and integrity.

Meet Ann Cardon, Board Chair

What inspired you to become a part of United Way? Early in my career as an educator, I learned first hand what a positive impact United Way could play in the families who needed additional supports for a variety of reasons.

Why do you serve on the board? I think it is important in my role to model the importance of giving back to your community—and especially when some of our school families are the benefactors.

What is your leadership philosophy? I believe in surrounding myself with smart people of high character who value the concept of team—together we are stronger than one. My five top values are balance, courage, family, integrity and passion.

What is your most memorable volunteer experience? The day of caring events that I have participated in—rolling up my sleeves and helping with community projects.

What quality do you most like in a person? Honesty, trustworthiness and integrity.