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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of United Way of Erie County consists of many diverse people. The Board Members volunteer their time, energy and resources to oversee the organization.




Maris Brenner

Board President

Rotary District 6600 Governor

Term 2014-2016

Arriving in Sandusky in 2006, Maris Brenner directed the Sales and Conference Services Department at Kalahari Resort opening the 90,000 sq. ft. Conference Center and serving on the resort's Executive Committee. With the expansion to 225,000 sq. ft in 2012, Maris began a new role as Director of Community and Industry Relations. She retired from Kalahari in June 2016. Her first involvement with United Way was working on the Duck Derby fund raiser as early as 2006 and then each spring, which led to joining the UWEC PR Committee and the Community Investment Committee.  In January of 2012, Maris became a UWEC Board Member.  She also served as President of Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor and Convention Bureau, Past President of Sandusky Rotary Club, and is an active Board Member with the Erie County Chamber of Commerce, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and the Ohio Travel Association.



John Lane 

Board Vice President, Finance Committee, Chair Education Committee, Chair Campaign Committee

Civista BankSpecial Assets

Term 2014-2016
John Lane grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from Hudson High School in Hudson, OH. During high school, John earned a Congressional appointment to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He graduated from West Point as a Distinguished Honor Graduate in 1994 and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Over the next eight and a half years, John served as an Army Aviation Pilot and Leader in various postings around the world to include: Fort Rucker, AL, Fort Campbell, KY, Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras and Headquarters, United States Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.



Robert Paisley

Board Treasurer, Chair Finance Committee

Woodforest National Bank, Branch Manager

Term 2015-2017

Robert Paisley is a graduate of New London High School. He earned a Business Administration Degree from Penn Foster College.  His original goal in life was to own and operate an automotive fabrication shop so he started a business in 2004. In 2008, he decided to close his shop and began his career with Woodforest National Bank.  In 2013, he was transferred to the Sandusky Branch located in the Sandusky Walmart Store.  



David Springer

Past President

Chair Income Committee

Industrial Nut Corp.

Term 2015-2017

David is currently the Purchasing Manager at Industrial Nut Corp., previously working for Honda of American Manufacturing in Marysville, OH. Today, he is responsible for managing the supply base for his family’s business. He received his Undergraduate Business degree from Western Michigan University specializing in supply chain management in 2005. David and his wife Jessica enjoy the outdoors and time with family and friends.

David splits his time to the community by participating on two Board of Directors. United Way of Erie County as well as the Erie County Conservation League, where he holds the position of Vice President. David and his wife both share a strong belief in education and hope through their efforts they can improve the schools in our area.






Mark Bravo

UPS, Operations Supervisor

Term 2015-2017

Mark Bravo is currently employed by UPS in Milan as the Operations Supervisor. Mark has been employed by UPS for over 15 years. He has experience in logistics, planning, cost containment, and operations. Mark graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio and continued his education at John Carroll University where he studied French and Economics.  Mark has served on United Way Allocations Committee for over four years as al at-large-committee member.



David Clark 

News 2 You (n2y), Vice President

Term 2013-2015

David Clark currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors and has served on the Board since March, 2010. Dave also serves on the PR Committee and assists with City of Huron Division of the Campaign.



Wilson Forney

Family Health Services, Chief Executive Officer

Term 2015-2017

Wilson Forney is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Family Health Services of Erie County. Prior to that, Wilson was the Chief Operating Officer for the Community Health Services in Fremont, Ohio. Wilson is active in Erie County Community Council, the Family and Children First Council and a graduate of Leadership of Erie County. 



Donna Green
OSU Extension, Extension Educator
Term 2014-2016
Donna Green is a Family & Consumer Sciences Educator at OSU Extension. She has worked for Ohio State University for over 20 years.  She currently serves as a Board of Education member for both the Huron City School District and EHOVE.  Donna has a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and an MA Degree from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). Her educational outreach in Erie County focuses on two specializations; health/wellness and financial literacy.



Jack Haplea

Retired - Past United Way of Erie County Executive Director

Term 2016-2018


Twila M. Johnson
Term 2014-2016
Twila Johnson currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors and has served on the Board since January, 1995



Tom Kinsel

Retired Educator

Term 2015-2017
Tom Kinsel was born and raised in Pennsylvania and located to Ohio in 1979. Tom retired from Perkins Schools after serving as a teacher from 1979-1997 and 2004-2014. He served as the Director of Technology from 1997-2005.  During his time at Perkins, Tom was also employed as the Athletic Trainer, the Middle School Athletic Director, the Computer Department Chair, the Social Studies and Model United Nations Adviser, Mentor Teacher and served on many educational leadership committees. Tom has been an active member of Zion Lutheran Church for over 30 years and has served and assisted in many areas during the years. Tom is married to Nancy, also a retired teacher from Perkins Schools, and they have three children.



Brett Kinzel

UBS, Financial Advisor

Term 2015-2017

Brett Kinzel is a Vice President and Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services in Sandusky, Ohio. He is married to Beth and has three children, Hannah, Maddie and Nick. He lives in Perkins Township. Brett also is involved with the Sandusky Area YMCA, and volunteers at Sandusky City Schools. Brett serves on the Finance and Allocations Committees.



Peter Kowalski, Jr., 

Chair Allocations Committee

Mack Iron Works, Co., Vice President 

Term 2014-2016

Peter and his wife of 25 years, Marsha live in Perkins Township and have two sons, Shepard and Garrett. Mr. Kowalski is Vice President of the Mack Iron Works Company and has been with Mack Iron since October of 1983. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. Peter has been a member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors since 2001. He is the Chairperson of the Governance Committee of Sandusky Central Catholic School (SCCS), has served on the SCCS Board of Directors for seven years, including five years as the Board’s President and is involved in ministry committees of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sandusky. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Sandusky, the Leadership Erie County Curriculum Committee, The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Erie County, and the LEADS Alumni Association. He is past Chairman of the Erie County Human Resources Association, past President of the Sandusky Chapter of the International Management Council, served on the Board of Trustees of the Sandusky YMCA and also Perkins School district’s FACTS Advisory Committee. He holds professional memberships in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Welding Society (AWS), the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and the Sandusky Area Safety Council (SASC).



Jo Lynn Marsh

Cleveland Clinic

Term 2016-2018


Connie Roberts

Term 2014-2016

Connie Roberts is the Marketing Manager for the Beacon. Previously, Connie was employed as the Marketing Director for Bassets Market for five years and the General Manager for Mon Ami for 5 years. Connie has been a member of the Huron community for 20+ years. Connie serves on the PR and Campaign Committee.



Carole Romp, RN


Term 2015-2017

Carole Romp currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors and has served on the Board since April, 2007.  Carole serves on the Business and Operations Committee.



Karen Russell

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Center

Term 2014-2016
Karen Russell is a supervisor for Firelands Counseling and Recovery Center. She serves on the Allocations Committee.



Amy Skolnik

Stein Hospice

Term 2016-2018


Brad Wieber
Great Wolf Lodge, Front Office Operations Manager

Term 2015-2017

Brad Wieber was born and raised in Sandusky and graduated from Perkins High School. He attended Ashland University and earned a BSBA with a major in hotel/restaurant management.  He move to Missouri in 2007 to work for Hilton Hotels. He returned to the area in 2011 to work at Kalahari Resorts and in 2013, he began his career with Great Wolf Lodge.  Brad attends Grace Episcopal Church and is a very active member.



Jason Werling

Sandusky Register, Assistant Managing Editor for Digital

Term 2014-2016

Jason Werling grew up in Toledo, Ohio and attended Ohio University. He started his career at the Sandusky Register as staff photographer in 1999.  He was recently promoted to Assistant Managing Editor for Digital.  Jason volunteers his time in the community by serving on the Recreation Board for the City of Sandusky and is a member of the Friends of Erie Metroparks. Jason resides in Sandusky with his two sons.



Jan Smith Wood
Pastor- Grace Episcopal Church

Term 2015-2017

Jan Smith Wood is the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church. She originally served as Priest-In-Charge when she arrived in Sandusky in 2011.  Jan serves as an Ex-Officio Board Member for Kinship. She is also a trainer for Safeguarding God's Children. Jan graduated with a BA from the University of California and obtained a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.



Kyle Wright
Attorney, Dolyk & Zeiher, Co, LPA

Term 2014-2016
Mr. Wright is an attorney at Dolyk & Zeiher Co., L.P.A.  He is a lifelong resident of Huron, Ohio where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.
In addition to serving on the United Way of Erie County Board, he serves on the Erie County Public Defender board, he is a member of Erie County Economic Development Corporation, Treasurer for Luvada Wilson, Erie County, Ohio Clerk of Courts, and is a member of Huron Rotary Club.





Daniel R. Keller - Chair, Keel Club Ad Hoc Committee

Deb Kline - Finance Committee

John Orzech - Allocation Committee

Janice Warner - Allocation Committee

Angel Young - Allocation Committee


United Way of Erie County seeks individuals to join our many committees to enhance the knowledge and expertise of the Board. Once selected and approved, interested persons are appointed as at-large committee members and assigned to a Committee of the Board. While there are no term limits for at-large committee members, their participation is reviewed annually.