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United Way of Erie County Staff



John Lippus

Chief Executive Officer

John is a native of Erie County, Ohio and a graduate of Sandusky High School. He attended the University of Toledo earning a bachelor of education degree. For the past 10 years, he served as the executive director of the Sandusky Main Street Association, an economic development organization specializing in downtown revitalization and was a key factor in the current, and ongoing renaissance of downtown Sandusky.  Before joining Sandusky Main Street, he worked as a Relationship Manager and Registered Financial Representative with KeyBank /McDonald Investments. John is also credited with creation of the highly successful Duck Derby fundraiser, which was a collaboration between Sandusky Main Street Association and United Way of Erie County. John has more than two decades of experience in sales and marketing at the national level. He has been actively involved in the community throughout his career with contributions to a variety of organizations. He has been a member of the Heritage Ohio Advisory Board, Sandusky Area YMCA Board of Directors, Leadership Erie County Board of Trustees, Sandusky Brownfields Committee, Sandusky Bayfront Corridor Committee, Downtown Design Review Board, founding member of the North Coast Young Professionals, and the Coachlight Charity Ball Committee. He currently resides in Sandusky, Ohio with his wife Jennifer.



Marjie Allen

Office Manager

Marjie is a native of Sandusky, Ohio and graduated from Sandusky High School where she completed a two-year course in Business Office Education that prepared her for her career in administrative support.  Marjie has dedicated her career to providing executive administerial support to area businesses over the past 35 years.  Marjie has one daughter, Tobey Anne, who graduated from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus, Ohio.  Marjie resides in Sandusky with her Westie, Mac.


Jennifer Bailey

Special Projest Coordinator

Jennifer is a native of Fremont, Ohio and graduate of Fremont Ross High School.  Currently, she is finishing up her studies for an Associate’s degree at Terra State Community College.  Jennifer has 15 years’ experience in the non-profit arena, spending seven years with Easter Seals Northern Ohio as a Home Care Coordinator and eight years with United Way of Sandusky County and United Way of Greater Toledo, in administrative support roles. Active in her community, she serves as an advisory member with Fremont City Schools ACE Mentoring program and Fremont City Recreation Center.  Jennifer resides in Fremont with her fiancé Lamar and their American Bulldog, Delilah.


Student Interns

United Way of Erie County works with local colleges, universities and adult programs to provide on-going education to interns, externs and co-ops. United Way is excited to have the opportunity to teach and assist students in learning more about the community and non-profit work.

To date, United Way has had interns from the following programs:

  • BGSU Main and Firelands Campuses
  • BGSU - Visual Communications Technology Co-Op Program
  • EHOVE Adult Career Center Professional Specialist Program