About Us

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Mission

Heart of Missouri United Way fights to improve lives in the community.

Our Vision

Our community wins by Living United: By responding to changing community needs. By forging strategic partnerships and fostering effective solutions to tackle local issues. By harnessing the best resources and inspiring others to join the fight in defeating barriers to basic needs, health, education, and financial stability.

Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity

We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression that have contributed to persistent disparities that United Way seeks to dismantle. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensures everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.

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Our Impact

We improve the health, education and financial stability of every member of our community by forging unlikely partnerships and co-creating solutions to problems with the help of local members of our community. As a data driven organization Community Investments are made through Impact Grants, COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Recovery, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) grants and Capacity Building/Continuous Improvement program.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this point, you may find yourself asking a lot of questions about the Heart of Missouri United Way. You are not alone! The team at the Heart of Missouri United Way has compiled a list of frequently asked questions geared to assist you!

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Community Events

Stay up to date on all of the latest events in your community. Whether you are looking to attend an official United Way event or looking for events to volunteer at, we have got you covered. Browse one of our three event calendars tailor-made for your needs.

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Our Team

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Andrew Grabau

Executive Director
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Courtney Daviess

Assistant Director of Community Impact

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David Holtgraewe

Campaign Director
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Krista Myer

Director of Continuous Improvement
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LaToya Stevens

Marketing & Communications Director
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Patricia Broeckling

Assistant Director of Campaign
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Rachel Delcau

Community Impact Director
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Laura Estes

Finance Assistant and External Engagement Coordinator
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LaAunshe’ Briggs

Administrative Assistant
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Executive Committee

President
Bob Schaal (2020)
Missouri Orthopaedic Institute – University of Missouri Health Care

Vice President
Mike Ireland (2021)
The Bank of Missouri

Treasurer
Lee Hendrickson (2018)
Providence Bank

Secretary
Mike Ireland (2021)
The Bank of Missouri

Past President
Aimee Davenport (2023)
Stinson Leonard Street

2020 Campaign Chairs
Jim Spain
University of Missouri

Dr. Eryca Neville
Columbia Public Schools – Douglass High School

Members of the Board

Carrie Allen (2022)
Commerce Bank

Stacey Button (2021)
Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI)

Mitzi Clayton (2022)
University of Missouri

David Clithero (2023)
Hawthorn Bank

Brock Cooper (2021)
Veterans United

Debbie Daniels (2023)
Community Volunteer

Shaashawn Dial (2023)
Stephens College

Nick Foster (2021)
Voluntary Action Center

Laura Gerding (2023)
Missouri Employer’s Mutual

Greg Grupe (2023)
Community Volunteer

Steve Hollis (2021)
City of Columbia (Ex-officio)

Dr. Elizabeth Loboa (2021)
University of Missouri

Matt McCormick (2021) (Ex-officio)
Chamber of Commerce

Mindy McCubbin (2020)
Shelter Insurance Companies

Nikki McGruder (2023)
University of Missouri Health Care

David Putnam (2021)
First State Community Bank

Mary Ropp (2023)
Central Bank

Mahree Skala (2021)
Community Volunteer

Monica Smith (2022)
Boone Hospital Center

Dr. Bernard Solomon (2021)
Columbia Public Schools – Lange Middle School

David VanDyke (2022)
Shelter Insurance

Dr. Ajay Vinze (2021)
University of Missouri

Jen Wheeler (2023)
Big Tree Medical