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Meet Our Team


Christa Shouse
Interim President & CEO

Contact Christa about: campaign meeting logistics and resource development

Christa has been an integral part of the United Way Team since 2012. She schedules hundreds of meetings, handles the bulk of referral calls, 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.



Laura Willcut
Director of Community Engagement 
Contact Laura about: volunteering, registration and training, Day of Action, United Way Fellowship Program, MoneySense workshops, Read Tutor Mentor, campaign, sponsorships

Laura joined the United Way of Central Kentucky team in 2019 following a career in social services. Laura has been a longtime champion for the community through her work, as well as a volunteer for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the local Masonic Lodge. In addition to these, she was also a volunteer with the Ancestral Trail Historical Society where she helps people research their family history.

Originally from Oklahoma, Laura has lived in Hardin County for 14 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Northern Kentucky University. Laura is a great addition to the UWCK team and is passionate about expanding volunteer opportunities in our community for agencies and volunteers alike.   

Laura lives with her husband Blane with whom she shares 5 children, 7 grandchildren, four cats and two dogs. In her free time Laura enjoys growing herbs and cooking, coding, studying genealogy, spending time with friends and family, and collecting miniature perfume bottles - adding to her collection of over 2000 bottles!




Hunter Roberts
Communications & Events Manager
Contact Hunter about: pledge information, donor recognition, special events, fundraisers, communications, press releases and social media

Hunter joined UWCK as a 2019 graduate of the University of Kentucky. Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science along with a minor in Psychology. Hunter adds her excellent interpersonal skills to the team. Hunter has a strong work ethic, highly organized and pays close attention to detail. These are skills she learned while working as a law clerk in a busy Lexington law firm. Throughout high school and college, she also has worked closely with numerous community service organizations such as the Refuge Clinic through her church and as a Mentor at College Mentors for Kids. She also supports The Nest, the Hope Center and Chrysalis House.

Hunter moved to Elizabethtown in January of 2019 to complete an internship at Elizabethtown Schools’ Panther Place, where she taught second grade. She is enjoying meeting new people and making new connections. When she is not at organizing events with United Way, she enjoys weekends at the lake, attending sporting events, photography and spending time with her large family.



James Pearson
Office Manager

Contact James about: financials, book keeping, payment information and UWCK office space scheduling

Join us in welcoming James Pearson as the new Office Manager for Elizabethtown’s United Way of Central Kentucky office. Born in Louisville and raised in Elizabethtown, James returned home after a career in broadcasting and multimedia production in Bowling Green, KY, Boise, ID and Nashville, TN. He has been recognized with 3 Emmy wins for Audio Production on the nationally distributed Lost River Sessions program via WKU PBS. James is also an accomplished abstract artist with national endorsements and work in private and corporate collections. His interests include music, painting and biking.