President & CEO
Katie Knight assumed the role of President and CEO of the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties on June 1st, 2015, coming to Iowa from Sarasota, FL where she served as Regional President of Suncoast United Way. Her hiring was the result of a nationwide search which produced a number of extremely qualified candidates from which Katie distinguished herself with experience and vision. She has served in leadership roles at United Ways in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida over her 28 year career and has extensive experience in the areas of Community Impact, Agency Relations and Allocations, Resource Development and Administration. Katie has two daughters, one who remains in Florida as a student at the University of Central Florida and the other who will begin studies at the University of Iowa this fall. In addition, Katie’s mother and sister live in nearby West Branch.
VP, Community Impact & Engagement
Patti Fields joined the team at the United Way in 2007. In her work as Vice President for Community Impact & Engagement, Patti partners and collaborates with local governmental entities, businesses and many nonprofit agencies in the areas of Education, Income and Health. She directs the Community Investment work and Disaster Response for United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and supervises the United Way Volunteer Center.
With over 20 years of experience working with volunteers in nonprofits, Patti is a leader in volunteer management at the local and state level. She has developed continuing education curriculum and presented numerous trainings and workshops in the core competencies and best practices of volunteerism and volunteer management. She is the Community Advisor for The 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa, a member of the Volunteer Centers of Iowa and an instructor for the Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Kirkwood Community College. Appointed by Governor Culver in 2008 to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, serving as Chair for three years, Patti is currently the Past-Chair of the Commission. Embracing the value of service in her personal life, she has served on the Iowa City Community School District School Board since 2005.
Patti received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa, her Volunteer Management Certificate from Kirkwood Community College, her Nonprofit Management Certificate from Iowa State University and the CVA accreditation from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Patti was recognized as the Hospitality Person of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2010 and as a member of 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal.
Director of Finance & Operations
Terri Anderson is the Director of Finance and Operations, which means she is our Finance Department, IT Department, Personnel and Facilities point person. She works closely with all members of the team on community impact, resource development and the Volunteer Center and with our community partners who serve in board and committee roles. Terri is very involved in all aspects of United Way’s work and makes sure things run smoothly!
Before joining United Way, Terri worked as an analyst with Texas Instruments, raised two wonderful children, and spent 12 years managing operations for local non-profits Elder Services, Inc. and New Horizons United Methodist Church. She has seen firsthand the problems that people in our community deal with on a daily basis, and is motivated daily by the difference United Way’s donors and volunteers make.
Terri holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.
Director of Annual Giving & Communications
Dan joined the United Way in 2012 after serving as a member of the United Way board of directors for the previous 4 years. Dan directs all annual giving efforts and handles all external organizational communications. He works with the Campaign Cabinet, employers and individuals to establish and facilitate giving programs. He is the first-line contact for the media and community relations and works throughout the county to communicate the United Way mission and its 2020 Vision Goals.
A 5th generation Johnson County native, Dan has been involved with community development and non-profit service organizations as a board member of Johnson County Safe Kids Coalition, Salvation Army, Partnership for Alcohol Safety, Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa Newspaper Association, Summer of the Arts and United Way. Prior to joining United Way, Dan worked for 20 years as Market Development Director and General Manager of Press-Citizen Media prior to joining the United Way staff. He holds a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in Communications from The University of Iowa.
Finance & Pledge Services Coordinator
As Finance & Pledge Services Coordinator, Carol assists the United Way team in improving the education, income and health needs of the community through her work related to finance, database and pledge processing. She manages data entry of pledges and payments, prepares campaign billings, thank you letters and tax receipts, provides donor support and works closely with the Director of Finance & Operations on electronic data transfer, the annual audit and other financial tasks. Carol provides support to all members of the United Way team through event assistance, mailing preparation, data generation and more.
Carol holds a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Iowa State University and has over 15 years of experience at United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. She and her husband, Paul, enjoy keeping up with their 3 wonderful boys.
Community Strategies Coordinator
For over 20 years in human resource roles, Jodi has done what she enjoys doing most--facilitating opportunities for others to achieve their true potential. Jodi excels at creating curriculum for educational and training programs. Working in competitive industries with high-performance demands, Jodi has honed skills in goal-setting and mentoring, helping hundreds of employees attain success in blended learning and testing environments. Especially in those high-demand environments, Jodi saw a need to create opportunities for community connections and giving back. She co-created the Winning Hands Volunteer Program at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, a program where employees give back over 9,000 volunteer hours into their communities around Iowa each year and is gaining in recognition as a top workplace volunteer program. At the local and international level, Jodi has also volunteered and coordinated volunteer efforts in the areas of wellness and education. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and it is easy to see why everyone wants her on their team.
She resides in Washington county with her husband, Jeff and has happily had a hand in raising her two step sons.
Amy Schaefer joined United Way in June 2015, and will usually be the first voice you hear if you call the office. Amy not only assists the public on the phone and at the front desk; she also supports the work of each member of the UWJWC staff in assisting with mailings and events, and with financial and administrative duties. Amy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Northern Iowa, and also has seven years of experience working in the Human Resources field. She is a welcome addition to the team!