About Us

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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


La Aunshe’ Briggs

Administrative and Finance Assistant
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Courtney Daviess

Assistant Director of Community Impact

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Rachel Delcau

Chief Community Impact Officer
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Andrew Grabau

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Amy Harvey

Finance Director
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David Holtgraewe

Chief Operations Officer
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Alaina Leverenz

Marketing and Communications Director

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Krista Myer

Director of Continuous Improvement
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Calli Zielenga

Campaign Manager

Executive Committee

Past Chair
Mike Ireland (2024)
The Bank of Missouri

Dr. Eryca Neville (2024)

Columbia Public Schools – Douglass High School

Vice Chair
David Clithero (2023)
Hawthorn Bank

Mark Gingrich (2024)
Williams-Keepers, LLC.

Brock Cooper (2024)
Veterans United Home Loans

2022 Campaign Chairs
DeMarko and Adonica Coleman
A2D Events

2023 Campaign Chair
Susan Hart
Reinhardt Construction

Community Impact Committee Chair
Mitzi Clayton (2025)
University of Missouri

Marketing Committee Chair
Laura Gerding (2023)
Missouri Employers Mutual

Members of the Board

Dr. Brian Brown (2024)
University of Missouri

Mitzi Clayton (2022)
University of Missouri

Debbie Daniels (2023)
Community Member

Aimee Davenport (2023)
Stinson Law Firm

Shaashawn Dial (2023)

Greg Grupe (2023)
Community Member

Ming Hsieh (2025)
Owner, Polished

Dr. Noreen Houck (2024)
Stephens College

Missy Montgomery (2024)
Columbia College

De’Vion Moore (2024)
Columbia Public Schools

Macie Peterman (2024)
Shelter Insurance

Chris Rosskopf (2025)
Central Bank of Boone County

Bob Schaal (2023)
Missouri Orthopaedic Institute – University of Missouri Health Care

Monica Smith (2025)
Boone Hospital Center

Nikki Smith-McGruder (2023)
University of Missouri Health Care

David VanDyke (2025)
Shelter Insurance

Jen Wheeler (2023)
Big Tree Medical


Ex Officio Members

Lisa Driskel-Hawxby (2023)
City of Columbia-REDI

Steve Hollis (2023)
City of Columbia

Matt McCormick (2023)
Chamber of Commerce

Joann Nelson  (2023) 
Boone County

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Learn about our resources, requirements, funded agencies, and the United Way / MU Crosby MBA Board Fellows Program.

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