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United Way of Erie County Staff

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.


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