Staff Directory

This page lists contact information, pictures and additional information for each staff member of United Way of East Central Iowa, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Lois Buntz - President/CEO
I became CEO at United Way in 2005 and have enjoyed working toward the common good. I have spent most of my career in the nonprofit sector beginning as a clinical social worker and now as an administrator. I feel honored to be part of this organization and believe that everyday our staff and community partners make Eastern Iowa a better place to live, work and play.
319-398-5372 ext. 820
Ana Clymer - Manager (Health)
The quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” is the foundation that has guided my non-profit work in Cedar Rapids and in Iowa statewide efforts for over 15 years. Oct. 2014, in joining the United Way of East Central Iowa, I am able to continue my commitment to be part of positive change in our community. I believe that we are all part of the solution and that through a united effort, we will get to a better tomorrow for all! 319-398-5372 x 833
Laura Columbus - Coordinator (Education)
I joined United Way of East Central Iowa in August 2012 as the Education Initiatives Coordinator, but I feel that I have been the one getting an education since the first day I walked through the door. United Way has opened my eyes to so many wonderful aspects of our community, along with the ways that every person can have an impact through even the smallest donation of time or money. I appreciate the opportunities to collaborate with our partners and learn from them every day, and am excited to come in every day to work on education initiatives that support the young people in our area.
319-398-5372 ext. 846 •
Abbie Covenah - Manager (Information Systems)
I began working for United Way in 2007, but have been an IT professional in the nonprofit sector since 2003. I enjoy having the opportunity to work as a team to influence positive changes within our community.
319-398-5372 ext. 827 •
Sue Driscoll - Manager (Volunteer Engagement)
I started working at United Way following the flood of 2008. I have been working with volunteers since 1999. I enjoy promoting volunteerism and connecting volunteers to meet the needs of the community. Volunteers in east central Iowa are dedicated and passionate about making a difference in their communities.
319-398-5372 ext. 822 •
Carole Dzingle - Coordinator (Campaign)
In my previous job, I always enjoyed helping patients and their families. After 38 years in the medical field I can still continue to help people through the services being provided by United Way and our partners. I have been impressed as to how many people in our community give so much of their time and money to help others who are less fortunate. It warms my heart and I am glad to help through my position in Donor Relations.
319-398-5372 ext. 819 •
Justin Fletcher - Multimedia Designer
I joined the team in March 2013, Its a great opportunity to use my skills and knowledge about design, marketing and photography to help tell the stories about people in need within the community.
Jason Fisher - Controller
After working for Hawkeye Area Community Action Program for over 10 years, I joined the United Way team in November of 2014. As a lifelong resident of the Cedar Rapids area, I’ve seen the great things that United Way and its partner agencies have done and feel fortunate to be a part of making a difference in the lives of others. I really enjoy working for an organization so dedicated to making the community a great place to live.
Emma Garvin - Coordinator (Jones County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program)
I have worked with nonprofits in roles ranging from Deconstruction Manager with Habitat for Humanity-Quad Cities to Development Manager with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois, most recently. I have grown tremendously as a professional in these roles and have enjoyed working with countless volunteers. As the Jones County RSVP Coordinator, I am looking forward to connecting the community in which I live to the resources available through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and the Senior Health Insurance Information Program.
319-560-0811 •
Douglas Griesenauer - Senior Manager (Education)
I joined United Way in the summer of 2012 after receiving my Masters of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. I have spent some time with United Ways both in Tulsa, Okla., and St. Louis and am excited to continue my work here in Iowa to ensure all children have access to a quality education and a supportive environment. I believe that through collaboration, we can build a community that ensures children have what they need to succeed in college, work and life.
319-398-5372 ext. 828 •
Shannon Hanson - Senior Manager (Marketing and Communications)
I project manage. I write. I graphic design. I social media it up. I website manage. I develop community. I engage with the media. I market research. I consult. I volunteer. I follow through. I manage volunteers. I build culture. I create plans. I lead. I laugh. I connect people to others they might need to connect with. I LOVE what I do. Phone: 319-398-5372, ext. 813 Fax: 319-398-5381
Kelli Holubeck - Coordinator (Youth Achievement AmeriCorps)
I started at the United Way of East Central Iowa in August 2012. As an AmeriCorps alum with the Teach for America program, I know and understand the value of service in our country and am honored to lead the Youth Achievement AmeriCorps program here at United Way. I am motivated by the work of our AmeriCorps members, and aspire to help them create a positive impact on the Cedar Rapids community.
319-398-5372 ext. 832 •
Benjamin Hoover - Sr. Coordinator (Campaign)
I am proud to count myself as a member of a team that is creating positive change in our community. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as Senior Campaign Coordinator. In continuing my role as a development officer in this community, I am often asked how I can request individuals to make financial contributions at a time when the economy is so shaky. My answer is simple, if we are not who is?”
319-398-5372 ext. 821 •
Chris Juett - Manager (2-1-1)
I have lived in Eastern Iowa my entire life and came to United Way of East Central Iowa in January 2006 after working in various positions at Hawkeye Area Community Action Program for over 11 years. I believe that United Way 2-1-1 is a community resource that allows individuals to get connected to the resources that they need. I am proud to be part of a program and an organization that focuses on helping individuals in our community.
319-398-5372 ext. 812 •
Sarah Keedy - Coordinator (Data Integrity and Analysis)
I have been with United Way since fall of 2011. As a Data Analyst for the organization, I get to see how even the smallest gift translates into a huge impact for our community. It is both exciting and inspiring to be part of the change that impacts so many lives in our area.

319-398-5372 ext. 823 •

Jay Larson - Coordinator (AFL/CIO Labor Liaison)
It’s great to build on the relationship that labor and the United Way have had for over 65 years helping working people serve our communities needs.
319-398-5372 ext. 816 •
Hilery Livengood - VP (Donor Relations)
It’s a privilege to work with people who chose to invest in our community. Your contributions make a difference — thank you!
319-398-5372 ext.818 •
Dave Loy - Manager (Financial Stability)
I am excited for the opportunity to use some of the knowledge I have gained as a Family Services Provider, former Pastor, and 50+ year resident of Linn County with and for the awesome organizations involved with this United Way.
319-398-5372 ext. 825 •
Sue Mueller - Executive Assistant
I love to see the beautiful things we do to help people.
319-398-5372 ext. 841 •
Sandy Nickol - Receptionist
I have lived in East Central Iowa my entire life and have seen the goodness and assistance that United Way is able to provide through funding its many significant programs. I enjoy being a part of this awesome team!
319-398-5372 ext. 810 •
Kayla Paulson - 55+ Initiative Coordinator
Kayla Paulson comes to United Way from the Senior Healthcare Industry. She wanted to get back to the non-profit sector and loves to work with the more mature residents in our community. United Way’s 55+ Initiative provides her with a great opportunity to align two of her passions: helping to make the community a better place and helping our mature community members live active, impactful and healthy lives.
Wendy Parker - Accountant
I just recently joined the organization in March of 2014, and I have to say, that it is great to be working for United Way! I bring to my job a breadth of accounting, audit and taxation experience from my former years working as a CPA. It is so fulfilling to use my skills for the greater good of the community. I feel blessed to be a part of something that provides so much help and assistance to those in our community and look forward to the many years to come.
Nancy Roth -
United Way of East Central Iowa is an outstanding organization of dedicated staff and volunteers working to improve the lives of those in our communities. I am honored to be a part of the United Way team! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking, kayaking and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Stefanie Schriner - Donor Relations and Grants Administration Specialist
I am happy to use my previous experience as an administrative assistant to support the various groups at United Way that have made a tremendous difference in the lives of people throughout Eastern Iowa. It is gratifying to know that my work contributes to improving the community where I grew up and am raising my own family.
319-398-5372 ext. 847•
Jennifer Schulte - Manager (Donor Relations)
As a lifelong resident of our community, I have seen the positive outcomes that come from United Way donors! Whether it’s a workplace campaign, campaign activities or other special events, I look forward to engaging you in United Way. With your continued support, we are able to make our community a great place to live, work and play.
319-398-5372 ext. 811 •
Tim Stiles - Vice President/COO
I started at United Way of East Central Iowa in April 2013, but have been a United Way professional since 1986. Before joining the team here, I was CEO at the United Way in my hometown of Sioux City. I am excited to live in the Cedar Rapids area and work with incredible volunteers and staff to make our community a better place for everyone.
319-398-5372 ext. 826 •
Caitlin Wiedenheft - Content Development Specialist
It’s an honor to be part of such a valued organization in the community and I hope to inspire the community by sharing United Way’s stories through video and on the web, print and on social media. Caitlin is a Certified Internet Marketer through the Internet Marketing Association.
319-398-5372 ext. 834 •
Leslie Wright - VP (Community Building)
I look forward to the people and the possibilities at United Way.
319-398-5372 ext. 815 •

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