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Laura is a nonprofit management and leadership professional with twelve years of experience in program management, fund development, strategic planning, human resources, operations management and staff and volunteer recruitment. Laura holds a degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Public Administration from Suffolk University. She began her role as Executive Director at United Way in January 2014. Prior to United Way, she served as the development and strategy consultant for Harrisonburg's RISE Faith Community. Laura spent the first seven years of her career serving in Boston, first as an AmeriCorps member working in the Boston Public Schools, and then in various roles at both City Year Boston and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She is passionate about collaborative change and the leadership potential of every nonprofit staff member in our community. Laura also serves on the Friendly City Food Co-op Board of Directors and enjoys spending time with her husband Brent, a fellow community change-agent, and daughter Lucy.
Not pictured is our very diligent finance associate, Marsha Fuller. Marsha processes all campaign funds and can address issues related to billing and the financial status of your workplace campaign.
Leigh-Anne has been with us since August 2012. She loves to hear success stories from our agency and business partners and then shout from the rooftops all the ways we're working together to LIVE UNITED. She also recognizes and supports our Skyline Society, Tocqueville Society and Wampler Society donors.
Amanda is a "double duke" from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a master’s in Adult Human Resource Development. She previously worked at JMU for over 4 years in the Alumni Relations office working with alumni chapters and career programming, and prior to that spent a year and a half at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA doing volunteer management. She recently joined United Way in May as the Director of Business Engagement.
Kathy Banks - Director of Smart Beginnings
Kathy Banks has been working as an Early Care and Education professional since 1988. Moving from Fairfax County Virginia, Kathy has lived and worked in South Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, and Northern Virginia. She is excited about adding the Shenandoah Valley to her list of homes in Virginia. Kathy has a Masters of Education Teaching and Learning from Liberty University. She has worked as a quality rater with the Virginia Star Quality Initiative and has worked as a center director, directed child care resource and referral, directed summer day camps and taught in a classroom with children from 6 weeks through 18 years of age. Kathy also has a strong background in grant writing, and has worked with the Community Service Board and other nonprofits to obtain a wide variety of funding to enhance the quality of work done with children and families. Kathy is a strong advocate for children throughout the state and national government, and believes by empowering families, we can help build a foundation for a productive life for all children. Kathy has two teenage sons: CJ and Mike.
Catie joined us in April, 2016. She will develop relationships with nonprofit staff, volunteers and other community members to enhance United Way's impact in the community. Contact her if you have questions about grants, We Read to Succeed Summer Reading Parties, or the Stuff the Bus school supply drive.
Jaimie Mulligan is a recent graduate of James Madison University, where she majored in both Anthropology and Geographic Science. Outside of school, Jaimie loves to run Alternative Breaks and volunteer. She has aspired to work in a service-based career since the start of college. At United Way, she'll coordinate volunteer project requests, support early literacy and early childhood development initiatives, and contribute to business engagement activities. Her personal passions include learning new recipes, trying new global food, and exploring downtown Harrisonburg. Her dream for Harrisonburg is for it to continue to accept and promote diversity.