United Way News

Meet the 2017 Campaign Drive Chairs

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Campaign Drive Co-Chairs: Coralie Cooper and Ed Owens. 

Ed Owens is the Deputy Chief of Police and has been employed at the Police Department for over 26 years.  He grew up in western Kansas and moved to Emporia after graduating from Fort Hays State University. As an active member of the community, Ed is looking forward to giving
back as co-chair. “I have seen what United Way does for our community and quite frankly, I have been impressed.  To actually see the support United Way provides in a community our size is remarkable.  I was humbled to be asked to serve as campaign chairs and I feel it is an honor to do so,” said Ed.

Coralie Cooper is the Human Resources Manager at Norfolk Iron & Metal, a position she has held for the past twelve years.  She is a native of Cottonwood Falls and is a graduate of Emporia State University. Coralie first became involved with the United Way as the campaign coordinator for Norfolk Iron & Metal in 2006 and has served on the United Way’s Community Investment Committee.  Coralie joined the  Board of Trustees in 2017. “We are honored to be asked to chair this years United Way Campaign and even more excited to be the first couple to work as co-chairs,” she said.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Coralie and Ed will be serving as the co-chairs of this year’s campaign,” said Jami Reever, United Way of the Flint Hills Executive Director. “Each year, we look around the community to find an individual, or in this case, individuals, who are passionate about the United Way and about our community.  We also look for people who know how to get things done, and Ed and Coralie fit the bill quite easily. The 2017 campaign is going be an amazing one.”
Ed and Coralie have four children, three of whom are still living at home.