Volunteer Leadership

The board of trustees is ultimately accountable for the United Way of the Flint Hills’ performance, reputation, and stature in the community. Through excellence in organizational leadership and governance, United Way is a mission-driven organization, where staff and volunteers are passionate, focused, and aligned to achieve goals. The volunteer board of trustees is effective in setting direction for the organization, ensuring necessary resources are available, and providing oversight of programs, finances, legal compliance, and values.


Executive Committee
  • Chair: Julie Cooper, Hopkins Manufacturing
  • Vice Chair: Lynn Cunningham, Ek Real Estate
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Brothers, Capitol Federal
  • BJ Bayer, Evergy/Wolf Creek Station
  • Matt Coleman, Hill's Pet Nutrition
  • Scott Hayes, Norfolk Iron & Metal


  • Mandi Beyer, LMI Aerospace
  • Michele Boyce, KVOE/Emporia's Radio Stations
  • McKenzie Cinelli, Evergy
  • Aron Dody, USD 417
  • Allison Anderson Harder, USD 253
  • Lucas Markowitz, Newman Regional Health
  • Orlando Sheets, Norfolk Iron & Metal
  • Sara Schwerdtfeger, Emporia State University
  • Clerk: Mickey Edwards, CEO of United Way of the Flint Hills