Community Impact Committee

United Way of Lake County Community Impact Committee

Who Decides Where Funds Raised Go? Volunteers Decide.

At United Way of Lake County, a volunteer committee takes on the work of deciding how the funds we raise will be allocated so donors aren’t faced with the daunting task of determining the best way to help the most people.

The community investment process is our method for annually reviewing and evaluating funding applications submitted by nonprofit agencies to determine which programs will receive funds and the level of funding each will receive. These decisions are based upon a thorough review of financial and administrative information, program evaluations and site visits by our Community Impact Committee volunteer members.

With such great need, deciding where to allocate funds can be challenging, so our volunteers rely on research and data to ensure all programs funded are effective, efficient, and result in positive outcomes that benefit Lake County residents in need.

2024 Community Impact Committee Member Volunteers

Panel A

  • Kerry Bliss,  Alluvial Private Wealth
  • Emily Gilliam, Laketran
  • Meg Hagan, Community Volunteer
  • Pam Kurt, Kurt Law
  • Melanie Majikas, Community Volunteer
  • Heather McCue, Community Volunteer
  • Kristen McLaughlin, KM Career Coaching and Consulting
  • Janel Montgomery, Harvey High School
  • Rhonda Osagie-Erese, Lakeland Community College Veterans Center
  • Leah Reese, Family Resource Center of Wickliffe
  • Teresa Reid, Starting Point
  • Maurine Schmidt, Avery Dennison
  • Marwin Walling, Painesville City Local Schools
  • Anna Wilson, Lake County General Health District
  • Annie Zahradnik, Community Volunteer

Panel B

  • Robin Baum, Community Volunteer
  • Melanie Blasko, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers
  • Kathleen Buse, Community Volunteer
  • Rhonda Butler, Lakeland Community College
  • Gwen Corban, Community Volunteer
  • Stevie Dohm, AWT Foundation
  • Craig Heath, Mentor Public Schools
  • Jay Hemphill, Seibert-Keck Insurance Partners
  • Tricia Johnston, Leadership Lake County
  • Bill Knox, Old South Church Food Pantry
  • Cheryl Kuonen, Mentor Public Library
  • Jason Nedley, Nedley Management & Consulting
  • Jen Smyser, Community Volunteer
  • Christine Weber, Mentor Chamber of Commerce
  • Dana Wolfe, Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce

2023 Community Impact Committee Member Volunteers

2023-2024 Programs Funded -PLUS- Responsive Community Investments, Food Investments, and Designated Investments 

  • Debra Chormann, Community Volunteer
  • Gwen Corban, Community Volunteer 
  • Lindsay Defeo, Leolo Hospitality 
  • Bethany Germano, First Federal Lakewood
  • Lisa Imondi, Community Volunteer
  • Bruce Langguth, Global Real Estate Advisors
  • Christine Margalis, Lake County General Health District
  • Leah Reese, Wickliffe Family Resource Center
  • Ken Sawicki, Community Volunteer
  • Maurine Schmidt, Avery Dennison
  • Jen Smyser, Lakeland Community College
  • Matt Stanton, One Sky Flight

Interested in serving on our 2025 Community Impact Volunteer Committee?

Click here now to fill out a short application and we will contact you late in the year when we begin the process of filling the 2025 committee(s).

Questions? Contact or call 440.639.1203.