Stephanie Hester, Director of Community Impact
When you joined the UWCK team: March 2015
Hometown: My dad was in the Air Force and we were stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota for most of my childhood. He was a security police officer for the underground nuclear silos. I would consider there and also Willmar, Minnesota where much of my extended family still lives as home too. But now that I’ve moved to Kentucky, wild derby horses couldn’t drag me away!
Family: My husband Kendall and I have two children; Leah 12 and Joel 10. I also have a bonus child, my 16 year-old stepdaughter Gracie.
How did you first learn about UWCK: I moved to Kentucky in 2002; the same year UWCK incorporated and I recall reading about it in the paper.
Favorite part of your job: As the organization’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project Director, I feel fortunate to work with VISTA members who increase the capacity of community organizations to serve those in need.
Hardest part of your work: Non-profit work is a bit messy, there are no standard operating procedures or checklists. The work is never done!
One thing you wish people knew about United Way: I wish they understood that we are a convener of community resources and that no problem is too big if we work together to solve it!
Favorite way to spend a day off: I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids watching movies, cooking and scrapbooking.
If you could change one thing about our community what would it be: I would remove all of the barriers that prevent us from working together towards the common good.
What is your proudest accomplishment at United Way of Central Kentucky: Each time that I complete semi-annual reports to the Corporation for National and Community Service showcasing the accomplishments of our AmeriCorps VISTA members! The VISTAs truly make a lasting impact on our communities through fundraising, volunteer coordination and program implementation.