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, 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 activites with their children.
Cole Whobrey, Vice President
Contact Cole about: campaign, philanthropic donations, leadership and workplace giving, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, MoneySense, Read, Tutor, Mentor, Young Professional’s Network
Cole, a former Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) with United Way of Central Kentucky, rejoined the team in 2018 after working for nearly five years in the banking industry as a relationship risk manager. As a VISTA, Cole was responsible for the implementation of United Way’s Bank On initiative, a financial stability program connecting unbanked individuals within our community to basic financial services. Cole looks forward to utilizing his previous work experience to enhance United Way’s fundraising efforts and further developing various United Way community engagement programs and volunteer initiatives.
Originally from Leitchfield, Kentucky, Cole and his wife, Kendia, moved to Elizabethtown after graduating from Western Kentucky University. Cole is a member of the Leitchfield Lions Club and a United Way Fellowship graduate. When not working to help guide our organization, he and his wife spend much of their free time volunteering, socializing with friends, and traveling.
Megan Kolley, Resourse Development Work Study Intern
Contact Megan about: data-entry volunteering and training, campaign materials delivery, campaign pledge collections, and in-kind donations
Megan joined the United Way of Central Kentucky team in August of 2017. She started as a co-op student her senior year at Central Hardin High School and accepted an offer to stay with United Way as an intern for this upcoming campaign year. Megan is a fantastic student, receiving her Work Ethic Certification and Certified Nurse Aide accreditation, all while excelling academically in both Honors Studies and Honors Academics.
When not at United Way, Megan stays busy working full-time as an intern with Brown Funeral Home, volunteering with her church, and completing her college degree at Mid- America College of Funeral Service.
Ron Eppes, President & CEO
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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.