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, served as Chair for three years, and completed her terms in 2015. Embracing the value of service in her personal life, Patti served on the Iowa City Community School District School Board from 2005 to 2015.
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 Development, Marketing & Communications
Deidra Richardson joined the team Summer 2016 as the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications for the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties. Deidra has an extensive professional sales and marketing background with a proven track record of success by building and maintaining customer relationships. Her unique skill set has allowed her to positively impact several major corporations, non-profit organizations, as well as financial membership in community and social groups. In her role at United Way, she will lead all resource development lines of business including corporate relations, major gifts, new business, donor relations and fund raising events to increase awareness, revenue and maintain superior donor relationships. She will also develop and implement strategic marketing and communication plans providing the United Way brand story via public relations, media relations, on-line giving and digital communications. Deidra’s corporate and entrepreneurial experience will allow her to connect with our agency leaders, corporate sponsors, small businesses and individual donors to meet and exceed the plan that has been created to better our Counties.
Deidra received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University of Ohio in Speech Communications - Public Relations. Deidra moved to Iowa in 2014 from the Cincinnati, Ohio area with her husband Marcus and two daughters Ryann and Reaghan. Deidra was quite successful in the pharmaceutical industry and most recently resumed that same success throughout the Corridor and Quad Cities Area. Not only did she connect professionally in Southeastern Iowa, she immediately became active within the community and local school district. Deidra and her husband understand the value of giving and have been active donors to United Way for over 18 years. She currently sits on the Board for 100+ Women Who Care (Johnson County Chapter) and maintains her active membership with the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Deidra became a member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Cincinnati Chapter in 2010 and currently holds a member-at-large membership status.
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.
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 17 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
Simeon Talley is a native of Columbus, OH who came to Iowa to work in politics. After finishing his degree he decided to turn his focus towards entrepreneurship and community development. He is now the co-founder of Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and co-creator of Flyover Fashion Fest, two collaborative efforts built to showcase emerging fashion, design and creative talent in Iowa; and co-founder of The Political Party, an organization that aims to creatively engage young voters in the political process. Simeon joined the United Way team in January 2017. He is a welcome addition to the team!
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.