Kelly Brenneman, Executive Director

Kelly was named Executive Director effective October 1, 2015 after joining United Way in April 2015in 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 Director of Resource Development, Kelly is responsible for executing the annual campaign, coordinating community events and establishment of United Way’s new Women’s Leadership Council.  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 member 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 is pleased to welcome Dee Hoeflich as our new Office Manager. 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. Dee is excited to begin her new chapter with our team and we are thrilled to have her.


Karen Schroeder, Resource Development Coordinator

United Way welcomes Karen Schroeder as the Resource Development Coordinator, beginning July 31, 2017.  Previously, Karen was an educator for 24 years, teaching elementary school music, working as an adjunct professor teaching a variety of classes, and supervising student teachers. Karen loves the Knox County community and looks forward to working with individual and corporate donors, volunteers, members of Women United and United Way agencies.  Karen lives in Apple Valley and is active in her church, New Life Church of the Nazarene. She enjoys singing, baking, cooking, reading, Paragraphs Bookstore, and the Mount Vernon Farmers Market.

Elizabeth Doolittle, Program Coordinator

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 joining the United Way 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. She is very excited to return to her home town of Mount Vernon and Knox County to contribute to and support the United Way’s community programs.