Kimberly Ray - Executive Director
Kimberly joined United Way of Erie County as the Executive Director in April 2019.
Kimberly was born in Michigan and moved to Ohio at a young age. After attending Lakota High school, she continued her education at Ashford University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Kimberly also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Prior to joining UWEC, Kimberly Worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of OH, KY & IN for ten years, she began her work there as a Development Officer prior to taking over as the Program Manager for wishes. In addition to working for Make-A-Wish, Kimberly worked for the Hilton Hotel as an Executive Meeting Manager planning social events and weddings and for Firelands Regional Medical Center as a Case Manager.
Kimberly is a Mom to two grown children and a grandmother to four wonderful grand kids.
Jade Castile - Business Manager
Jade came to the United Way of Erie County as the office manager in June 2019.
Jade was born in Sandusky and raised in Norwalk, Ohio. After graduating Norwalk High school, she continued her education at The Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Pre-law. Jade has a passion for people and advocating for her community.
Prior to joining UWEC, Jade lived in Columbus, Ohio where she focused on gaining financial experience by helping manage investment portfolios for Morgan Stanley. Jade also has worked as a mortgage loan officer at American Bank and as legal assistant specializing in loan default, at MDK, LLC. In addition, Jade has worked with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce on managing their web portal and the Ohio legislature, in the capital.
Jade cites her greatest accomplishment as being a mother to three amazing children and is excited to continue working to build a brighter future for them.
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
- Ohio Business College
- The Ohio State University