2017 Campaign Leadership Team Announced

United Way of Delaware County (UWDC) announced its 2017 Campaign Leadership Team today, assembled to address the goal of conquering generational poverty in Muncie and Delaware County. Led by third-generation Chair Casey Stanley, the team will run a campaign that will ultimately support 29 local programs provided by 26 partner organizations aimed at collectively reducing youth illiteracy, with a specific target of bringing all third graders up to Indiana state reading standards by 2024. 

The team is comprised of 26 business and community leaders, nonprofit members, and engaged advocates who will work together to volunteer thousands of hours in support of United Way’s impactful work in the Delaware County community. It includes the following members:

  • Casey Stanley, Vice President of Product and Marketing, Ontario Systems
  • Lori Luther, Chief Financial Officer, Indiana University Ball Memorial Health
  • Scott Smalstig, Vice President, Fund Development, Meridian Services
  • Juli Metzger, Journalism Instructor, Ball State University and owner of The JMetzger Group
  • Mike Lunsford, President and CEO, Coldwell Banker Lunsford
  • Brad King, Planner 1, City of Muncie, Indiana
  • Wil Davis, President, Ball State Innovation Corporation
  • Chris Caldwell, Sr. Vice President, Manager of Commercial and Business Banking, MutualBank
  • Jennifer Bott, Dean, Miller College of Business, Ball State University 
  • Phil Repp, Dean, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University
  • Lisa Ellis, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Ontario Systems
  • WaTasha Barnes Griffin, Executive Director, YWCA of Muncie
  • Steve Lindell, Vice President and Operations Manager, Woofboom Radio 
  • Jason Delk, Partner, Delk McNally LLP 
  • Jim Williams, Owner, Defur Voran
  • David Heeter, CEO, MutualBank
  • Steve Slavin, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Lunsford
  • Richard Crist, COO, Whitinger & Company LLC
  • Scot Laudicina, Sales Executive 
  • Leland Wilhoite, Owner, Leland C. Wilhoite DDS, PC 
  • Sean Hale, Partner/President HeidiJHale Designs LLC, Olive & Slate LLC 
  • Brian Shrieve, Owner & Operator, Amber’s Beauty School 
  • Charles Sursa, Senior Vice President, Investment, Raymond James 
  • Jennifer Stanley, Stylist, Cabi Clothing
  • Wynde Ashman, Optometrist, Family Vision Care 
  • Jason Webber, Assistant Director of MBA and Certificate Programs, Ball State University 

“Each year, United Way of Delaware County’s fundraising campaign is our community’s most important, and the numbers prove it,” Stanley said. “Since 1925, the Delaware County community has given more than $275 million, in today’s dollars, to provide a lifeline to its neighbors in need. For families fighting to keep their heads above water—and make better lives for their children—high-quality childcare and preventative healthcare may seem like costly services that are far out of reach. With help from donors and our 29 locally funded programs, these families will be provided with the resources they need to ensure rich learning environments, daily meals, and adequate healthcare for themselves and their children.”

According to UWDC, 47 percent of households in the county are either living in poverty or are one unplanned financial event away from it. This year’s campaign will provide a wide variety of resources to those working families. By providing children with the early education opportunities they need, UWDC will develop future economic growth and a strong workforce for their community. 

This year, we will raise money to help Delaware County stand up and remove barriers that lead to generational poverty. Campaign contributions are strategically invested in programs that help end that cycle while efficiently utilizing our resources.
— Chris Caldwell, Senior Vice President at Mutual Bank and Chairman of the Board of United Way of Delaware County

 

“Our community’s future is at stake, but we have a way forward,” concludes Jenni Marsh, CEO of United Way of Delaware County. “I am grateful to our community leaders using their time and talents to help us combat barriers contributing to generational poverty. We have a plan that empowers us to Live United in working toward a prosperous future for Delaware County. To tackle something so big and important, we need our entire community’s support to help our children and their families in need. These working families face obstacles in reaching health, education, and financial stability. They need access to additional resources. Therefore, we need your help.”