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 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 their children Lucy and Myles.
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.
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. Her dream for Harrisonburg and Rockingham county is for everyone living here to be able to access the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.
Catie joined us in April, 2016. She develops relationships with nonprofit staff, volunteers and other community members to enhance United Way's impact in the community. Before United Way, Catie worked at Generations Crossing as a teacher and was a community leader at RISE. Outside of work, Catie enjoys running and spending time with her equally as active husband. Contact her if you have questions about grants, We Read to Succeed Summer Reading Parties, or the Stuff the Bus school supply drive.
Becca is a recent graduate of James Madison University, where she studied Social Justice as well as Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. At United Way, she helps to maintain and strengthen our volunteer program by coordinating project requests and supporting engagement initiatives. Outside of work, Becca enjoys writing creatively and reading texts of all genres. Her dream for Harrisonburg and Rockingham county is the presence of community-wide efforts and cooperation toward positive social change.
Director of Smart Beginnings: Kathy Banks
Kathy Banks has been working as an Early Care and Education professional since 1988.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.