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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.
Board President, Community Investment Committee
Industrial Nut Corp.
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.
Board Vice President
Kalahari Resort, Director of Industry and Community Relations
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. 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 serves as President of Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor and Convention Bureau, President-Elect of Sandusky Rotary, and is an active Board Member with the Erie County Chamber of Commerce, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and the Ohio Travel Association.
Mark A. Yocum
Sandusky Register, Director of Advertising Operations
Mark lives in Huron Township and has been part of the Erie County community for the past 12 years. Mark is originally from Steubenville, Ohio and is a graduate or Steubenville High School and the University of Akron with a B.A. in Mass Media/Communications. Mark has been in the newspaper advertising business for the past 30 years. The first 18 were with Thomson Newspapers, Inc. and he worked at their Steubenville, Ohio, Canton, Ohio, and Meadville, PA newspapers prior to his career bringing him to the Sandusky Register.
Mark joined the United Way Board of Directors in July of 2009 and also serves as Co-Chair of the PR committee. He has been involved with various Erie County Chamber of Commerce committees and is a member of the Ohio Newspaper Association.
Peter Kowalski, Jr.,
Chair Community Investment Committee
Mack Iron Works, Co.
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).
Chair Business and Operations Committee
Stein Hospice, Human Resourses Manager
Allison is the Director of Human Resources for Stein Hospice where she is responsible for all employee based activity within the organization from both an operational and strategic perspective. In her position, she also serves as the Director of Scheduling for all Stein clients. Allison is a graduate of Margaretta High School; Tiffin University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is PHR certified by SHRMA. She is a member of the Tiffin University Alumni Association, Sandusky Yacht Club and Erie County Conservation League. Allison and her husband reside in Castalia, with her son and their faithful Schnauzer.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
N2Y, Vice President
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. Dave serves on the Marketing Committee.
Sandi Foster currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors and has served on the Board since September, 1994. Sandi served as Chairperson of the Business and Operations Committee, and serves on the Community Investment Committees.
Reminger Attorneys at Law, Attorney
Justin Harris is an attorney with Reminger Attorneys at Law who focuses his legal practice in the area of general litigation, with experience handling complex commercial, products liability, real estate, medical malpractice, and general insurance issues. Justin's litigation experience spans throughout northern and southern Ohio. He is a member of various professional associations including the Erie County Bar Association, The Ohio Bar Association, and The American Bar Association. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Justin worked at various metropolitan hospitals in northern Ohio as a respiratory therapist. Justin was previously a member of the United Way of Erie County Board from 2009-2010.
Twila M. Johnson
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.
Kevin D. Kieffer
Payne, Nickles & Company, CPA's, Inc., Accountant
Kevin D. Kieffer has been with Payne, Nickles & Company, CPA's, Inc. since 1997. He focuses on taxation and advisory services for small and medium sized closely-owned business enterprises, individuals, estates and trusts. He received his education at Eastern Michigan University and in 1993 graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration-Accounting with high honors.
Community Investment Committee
Financial Advisor, UBS
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.
Ben K. Lindsley
John Hancock Financial Network
Ben Lindsley currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors and has served on the Board since January, 1979. Ben also serves on the Marketing & Development Committee, the Small Business Blitz Committee and is co-chair of the City of Huron Division of the annual Campaign.
Executive Administrative Manager of Sandusky International
Elisa and her husband, Skip, live in Sandusky. Elisa is the Executive Administrative Manager at the Sandusky International Division of MetalTek International and has been with Sandusky International since 1978. She is a LEADS graduate and has been involved with several different projects for various United Way agencies. Cooking is one of her greatest passions and is happy to be able to bring families together at meal time through her "Thyme For You" Personal Chef Service and as an Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef. Elisa serves on the Community Investment Committee.
Huron Hometown News, General Manager
Connie Roberts is the General Manager of the Huron Hometown News and 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.
Carole Romp, RN
Carole Rompe 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.
AT-LARGE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Mark Bravo - Community Investment Committee (2012)
Tony Cummings - Finance Committee (2010)
JoDee Fantozz - Finance Committee (2010)
Daniel R. Keller - Chair, Keel Club Ad Hoc Committee (2013)
Deb Kline - Finance Committee (2011)
John Orzech - Communty Investment Committee (2013)
Wesley Pool - Community Investment Committee (2011)
Janice Warner - Community Investment Committee (2013)
Angel Young - Community Investment Committee (2013)
Dean Schnurr - Public Relation Committee (2013)
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
Retired, School Administrator and City Official
George Mylander served as a board member of the United Way of Erie County Board of Directors from January 1969 to December 2009.
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.