Kelly Brenneman, Executive Director

Kelly was named Executive Director effective October 1, 2015 after joining United Way in April 2015 in a newly created position as Director of Resource Development.  She has a strong understanding of the organization’s mission and goals as she was the former Executive Director of the American Red Cross, a United Way partner agency, and was a past 2008 United Way Campaign Co-Chair.  As Executive Director, Kelly is focused on convening community partners to bring change in the areas of education, financial stability, and health.  A 2011 Leadership Knox graduate, Kelly is President-Elect for the Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Past President of Psi Iota Xi Philanthropic Sorority and a Past President of Soroptomists.  Over the years, her community involvement has impacted the work of many local non-profit boards and committees. Kelly resides in Mount Vernon.

 Lisa Rutter, Education Program Coordinator

Lisa joined the staff in August, 2007 after retiring from a 30 year career within the Knox County social services system.  With Lisa's knowledge and background of local services and supports for families and children, it was an easy transition into the United Way arena.  She is responsible for promoting and coordinating the Imagination Library free book program for children, the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program, and connecting the community to the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Hotline.  Lisa also facilitates Poverty Simulation.

Dee Hoeflich, Office Manager

United Way welcomed Dee Hoeflich as Office Manager in 2017. Dee comes to us from the American Red Cross of Knox County where she worked for 11 years in range of different positions. Dee brings vast office management skills and great customer service expertise to our organization. 

Elizabeth Doolittle, Program Director

Elizabeth  has a background in Engineering and Management. She spent several years in research, education, and project coordination at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Hospitals before returning to her hometown of Mount Vernon and Knox County as a member out the United Way team in March 2018. She is passionate about health and education – taking her free time to volunteer regularly in STEM outreach opportunities and serve as a yoga instructor.