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.

Theresa Morris, Office Manager

Theresa has been with United Way of Knox County since June of 2010, assisting with the implementation of overall fundraising efforts of the annual campaigns. Her main responsibilities include the processing of campaign materials, individual and workplace campaign pledges, billings and tracking campaign progress. Theresa is also responsible for maintaining campaign databases and confidentiality of donor information. She initiates recognition to donors and volunteers, as well as contribution acknowledgements.  She is a Leadership Knox graduate (2013), is a Microsoft Office Specialist, and is also a member of the Mount Vernon Toastmasters’ Club. Theresa lives in Apple Valley located in Howard and is active in her parish, St. Luke’s in Danville.


Katie Peterson, Resource Development Coordinator

Katie began working as the Resource Development Coordinator at United Way on March 1, 2016. She is responsible for further developing United Way’s growing donor base and promoting the collaborative work being done in the community through campaigns and special events.  As well, she is working alongside Executive Director, Kelly Brenneman to develop Knox County’s first United Way Leadership Council.  She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Sport/Exercise Science/Health Education.