UWCK Staff Members
Megan Stith, President & CEO
Megan has had the privilege of serving our community as UWCK's President & CEO since December 2014 and joined our organization in 2011. Stith brings to this position multiple levels of United Way management experience, serving as a Resource Development Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA program director, and most recently Director of Community Impact. Previous to working for United Way, she gained relevant nonprofit leadership experience as the Head of Programming and Children’s Services with the Meade County Library. In addition to her extensive community involvement, Megan was honored as the Meade County Business Woman of the Year in 2013, nominated for the award again in 2015, completed Sygenta’s Leadership at Its Best program, and was a 2014 Fellow in the New Leaders Council Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Michigan State University, conducted graduate research on behalf of the University of Kentucky, and completed a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University. She resides in Payneville, KY with her husband and two sons on their third generation family farm. Connect with Megan on LinkedIn.
Dana Taylor-Garrett, Vice President
Contact Dana about: campaign, philanthropic donations, leadership and workplace giving, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, United Way Fellows, Young Professional’s Network
Dana is a life-long resident of Hardin County is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Social Studies. Dana also currently serves as a Board Member for the Young Professionals Network, an Ambassador and Leadership Committee member for the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, in addition to being a 2015 HCCC Leadership Hardin County graduate, a member of First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, and serves on the Heartland Festival Parade Planning Committee. Most recently Dana became a 2017 graduate of the LaRue County Leadership class. Additionally, Dana received the Women Equality Day Community Service Award in 2015. When Dana is not at work, she enjoys spending her time with her family, husband, and two sweet kiddos, Talon and Taylor.
Christa Shouse, Office Manager
Contact Christa about: financial or payment questions, campaign meeting logistics, event RSVPs, meeting space at UWCK
Christa has been an integral part of the United Way Team since 2012. As Office Manager, she schedules hundreds of meetings, handles the bulk of referral calls, takes care of the details for special events, manages pledge payments, and maintains our records. Christa comes from an 11 year background in the legal profession having been a Child Support Investigator and Paralegal. Christa plays a critical role in making our organization function. She puts out many fires, often without much notice, and still manages to make important things happen while exemplifying our commitment to customer service. Christa is a 2014 Leadership Hardin County graduate, a volunteer artist with Via Colori, and a volunteer and exhibitor with Bardstown for the Arts.
When she is not behind the scenes at United Way, Christa makes her home with her husband Mark in Western Hardin County and is an active photographer and artist.
Katie Kurtz, Director of Development and Communications
Contact Katie about: campaign, marketing, press releases, social media, leadership and workplace giving
Katie joined the United Way of Central Kentucky team in 2015 after working nine years in the financial industry, coming to United Way with years of customer service, sales, and finance experience. Katie also holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from Sullivan University and is a 2017 graduate of HCCC's Leadership Hardin County program. Prior to her employment at United Way, Katie also served as a Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana and Bank On Program volunteer instructor.
Originally from Nelson County, Katie now lives in Elizabethtown where both she and her husband work and raise their two beautiful small girls, Allie and Zoey. When not at United Way, she and her husband stay busy and enjoy spending their down time traveling and enjoying family activiteis with their children.