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Meet Our Team

Christa Shouse
Director of Operations

Contact Christa about: financials 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 Director of Operations, 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: workplace campaigns, communications, press releases, social media, leadership and workplace giving, events, sponsorship requests

Katie joined the United Way of Central Kentucky team in 2015 after working nine years in the financial industry, and most recently, as Assistant Branch Manager with First-Citizens Bank. Katie comes to United Way with years of customer service, sales, and finance experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Sullivan University. She is also a 2017 graduate of Hardin County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Hardin County program, is commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, former Kentucky Communicator’s Council Chair, and is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (Greater Louisville Chapter). Prior to her employment at United Way, Katie also volunteered her time as a Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana and MoneySense instructor.

Originally from Nelson County, Katie has spent the last ten years in Elizabethtown where both she and her husband work and raise their two beautiful girls, Allie and Zoey. When not at United Way, she and her husband stay busy remodeling homes and traveling for soccer and gymnastics. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and camping with her children.

 

 

Ron Eppes 
President & CEO

Contact Ron about: everything...

Ron comes to the United Way of Central Kentucky from New Mexico where he recently worked as a Public Affairs manager. He has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations, serving on many board of directors and managing giving campaigns that have generated more than $60M of support. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Bible from Oklahoma Christian University and Masters in Management Information Systems degree from Friends University. He aims to be the most positive person in the room.

When he’s not serving our community as the President & CEO of United Way of Central Kentucky, Ron enjoys spending time with his wife Peggy and keeping up with their 3 children – all who are currently in Oklahoma City. Ron is also an age group competitive marathon runner.

 

Laura Willcut
Director of Community Engagement 

Contact Laura about: volunteering, centralkyserves.org 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 in Radcliff 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
Data & Events Specialist 

Contact Hunter about: pledge information, donor recognition, special events, fundraisers

Hunter joins UWCK as 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 which is something she developed while working in retail. 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-UK Chapter. She also supports The Nest, the Hope Center and Chrysalis House.

Hunter moved to Elizabethtown recently to complete an internship at Elizabethtown Schools’ Panther Place through UK and 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.

 

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