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

President/CEO
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Courtney Daviess

Assistant Director of Community Impact

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David Holtgraewe

Chief Operations Officer
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Krista Myer

Director of Continuous Improvement
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Lathon Ferguson

Chief Development Officer
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La Toya Stevens

Marketing & Communications Director
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Patricia Broeckling

Assistant Director of Campaign
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Rachel Delcau

Chief Community Impact Officer
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La Aunshe’ Briggs

Administrative and Finance Assistant
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Amy Harvey

Finance Director
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Executive Committee

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

President
Mike Ireland (2021)
The Bank of Missouri

Vice President
Dr. Eryca Neville (2024)
Columbia Public Schools – Douglass High School

Treasurer 
Mark Gingrich (2024)
Williams-Keepers, LLC.

Secretary
Brock Cooper (2024)
Veterans United Home Loans

2021 Campaign Chairs
Mike and Rockie Alden

2022 Campaign Chairs
DeMarko and Adonica Coleman

2023 Campaign Chair
Susan Hart

Community Impact Committee Chair
Mitzi Clayton (2022)
University of Missouri

Marketing Committee Chair
Laura Gerding (2023)
Missouri Employers Mutual

Members of the Board

Carrie Allen (2022)
Commerce Bank

Dr. Brian Brown (2024)
University of Missouri

Mitzi Clayton (2022)
University of Missouri

David Clithero (2023)
Hawthorn Bank

Debbie Daniels (2023)
Community Member

Aimee Davenport (2023)
Stinson Law Firm

Shaashawn Dial (2023)
Stephens College

Greg Grupe (2023)
Community Member

Dr. Noreen Houck (2024)
Stephens College

Missy Montgomery (2024)
Columbia College

De’Vion Moore (2024)
Columbia Public Schools

Macie Peterman (2024)
Shelter Insurance

Mary Ropp (2023)
Central Bank of Boone County

De’Carlon Seewood (2024)
City of Columbia

Monica Smith (2022)
Boone Hospital Center

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

David VanDyke (2022)
Shelter Insurance

Jen Wheeler (2023)
Big Tree Medical

 

Ex Officio Members

Stacey Button (2022)
City of Columbia-REDI

Steve Hollis (2022)
City of Columbia

Matt McCormick (2022)
Chamber of Commerce

Joann Nelson  (2022) 
Boone County

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Partners

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