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: Ron Thomas, Emporia's Radio Stations

  • Vice Chair: Coralie Owens, Norfolk Iron & Metal

  • Treasurer: Clare Spellman, Capitol Federal

  • Member: Jeff Williams, Ek Real Estate

  • Clerk: Mickey Edwards, Executive Director


  • BJ Bayer, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Plant

  • Mandi Beyer, LMI Aerospace

  • Kevin Case, Emporia Public Schools

  • McKenzie Cinelli, Newman Regional Health

  • Aron Dody, USD 417

  • Allison Garrett, Emporia State University

  • Brad Kraft, Hopkins Manufacturing

  • Rolland Tahoon, Evergy/ Westar Energy