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United Way of Kentucky

As a focused team of leaders, United Way of Kentucky will align resources and work to advance Education, Income and Health.  We envision Kentuckians united to give, advocate and volunteer to advance the common good for all.  


United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

Learn more about the 20 Kentucky United Ways here.




Kevin T. Middleton serves as President for United Way of Kentucky, which promotes and supports the work of Kentucky's twenty-one United Way organizations in their efforts to expand opportunity for all. Kevin has over 24 years of non-profit expertise, with over 19 years guiding conversations that lead people and organizations to reach measurable outcomes.  He is a skillful communicator, facilitator, trainer and fundraiser, and has helped executives, boards and staff shape their work to improve lives and change communities.

Kevin serves as Vice Chair for the national United Way Council of States collaborative, as administrator for the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign, State Director for the Kentucky 211 information and referral service, and has administered over $1 million in grant funding to implement the United Way Born Learning Academy parent-as-teacher workshop series throughout Kentucky’s elementary school districts.  He was appointed as a Commissioner to Serve Kentucky (formerly known as the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service) by former Governor Matt Bevin in June 2019, and serves on the public policy committee for the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the Strong Start Kentucky coalition and Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KYVOAD). He served on the coalition to expand Kentucky’s Children’s Health Insurance Program to families without coverage, co-created the now annual United Way “Live United Day” at the Capitol, and managed the administration of two annual AmeriCorps grants in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Kevin holds a BA, Psychology from Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018.


Kevin Middleton


Andrea Brown is a retired 20+ year law enforcement veteran (Major) who led police and community engagement initiatives and events security planning for the Louisville Metro Police Department and the city of Louisville.  This work included planning security for the world-renowned Kentucky Derby and Oaks, the U.S. Presidential visit to Louisville, and several other large-scale city events and department initiatives.

Andrea was appointed to serve on the city’s Racial Equity Taskforce that was charged with providing equity training to department managers within the city and developing equitable internal and external city policies. She has led several key projects and is known for her ability to build relationships and solve complex issues. She has received numerous accolades and was nominated for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Rose Award for her distinguished work with conventions and the hospitality industry.

More recently, Andrea was a Project Lead Consultant with Nspire - Park Community Credit Union’s Charitable Foundation. There, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health’s Kentucky Opioid Response Effort, she led efforts in standing up a new federally funded state-wide opioid overdose prevention and awareness program, specifically focusing on underserved communities.

Andrea is a native of Louisville and enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling with her family.

Andrea Brown

Director for 211 Initiatives

Debbie Roberson

Manager of Administrative Services

Debbie Roberson serves as Manager of Administrative Services for United Way of Kentucky, supporting the efficient operation of the organization and providing essential administration for the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign and other statewide initiatives.  

As a part of Northern Santa Barbara County United Way in Santa Maria, California, Debbie served as Director of Operations and Compliance and was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer. During her tenure she established new standard operating procedures and created grants reporting protocols that passed strict compliance rules.

Prior to joining NSBCUW, Debbie spent more than a decade in full-time ministry where she collaborated with local government officials and community stakeholders in an effort to make a positive impact on the Central Coast of California.

During her time leading a revitalization project in Lompoc, California, she partnered with a national shoe retailer and recruited a team of volunteers to “adopt” a local elementary school.  There they measured the feet of over 600 elementary school students and provided each with a gift-wrapped box containing a brand new pair of socks and shoes for the holidays. The following year, the team came back and provided each student with a hoodie in their school’s colors ensuring that every child could participate in school spirit days. She counts this experience as a highlight of her career.

Debbie is a graduate of Vanguard University with a BA in Business Management. In her free time she enjoys live music, antiquing, and spending time with friends and family.

Roberta Steutermann serves as the Director of Development for United Way of Kentucky, overseeing the resource development activities for the United Way membership association, bringing new funding opportunities to the local United Way network to support their impact initiatives and residents throughout the Commonwealth.

As the Regional Development Director for Metro United Way for 11 years, she led the organization's community relations and development operations in three Kentucky counties: Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt. She is credited for an overall growth of 42% in those communities during her tenure. She has also served as Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Kentucky and Louisville's Nazareth Home.

Roberta has served as a board member of the Oldham County Public Schools Foundation, and St. John United Methodist Children’s Council.

Roberta Steutermann

Vice President


United Way of Kentucky's Board of Directors is made up of private, public, and nonprofit leaders from across the Commonwealth. Interested in serving alongside of us to improve the education, health, and financial stability of all Kentuckians? Reach out to us.

Betsy Burkeen
United Way of Paducah - McCracken Co.
Paducah, KY

Lindy Casebier
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Frankfort, KY

Kevin Etter
Retired, UPS Foundation
Elizabethtown, KY

Chelsea Granville Reed
Louisville, KY

Ellie Harbaugh
Executive Vice President
United Way of Southern Kentucky
Bowling Green, KY

Pat Hargadon
Agency Manager
Kentucky Farm Bureau

Shelbyville, KY

Casie Kichler
System Director, Care Management
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, KY

Maegan Mansfield
Project Manager
BFW Engineering
Paducah, KY

Mandy Marler
Bart Baldwin Consulting
Frankfort, KY

Liz McQuillen
Chief Policy Officer
Metro United Way
Louisville, KY

Ben Mohler
Chief Executive/Principal Consultant
Versailles, KY

Jennifer NeSmith
Chief Executive Officer
Kentucky Health Center Network
Mt. Sterling, KY

Scott Payne
Vice President
PNC Bank
Bowling Green, KY

Kim Phelps
Senior Director, Communications and Public Relations
Warren County Rural Electric Cooperative
Bowling Green, KY

Jacqueline Pitts
Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Frankfort, KY

Scott Sedmak
Director of Community Relations
St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Edgewood, KY


Ron Bridges
Chair of the Board of Directors

State Director
AARP Kentucky
Louisville, KY

Maggie Elder
First Vice-Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
Louisville, KY

Kevin Kyde

Regional Vice President of Sales
Anthem, Inc.
Lexington, KY

Timothy Johnson
Professionals Council Chair

President & CEO
United Way of the Bluegrass
Lexington, KY



United Way of Kentucky fights for the Financial Stability, Health and Education of every Kentuckian in every community. Kentucky’s United Way network works to engage community members, including those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized, to co-create solutions that ensure every Kentuckian has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.

Yet, for too many individuals and families, access to a better life remains elusive.  To achieve our vision, we must understand and address the underlying factors that impede progress.  United Way of Kentucky (UWKY) recognizes that structural racism and other forms of discrimination contribute to persistent disparities.  By challenging practices based on racism, sexism, and other historical and current forms of discrimination, the United Way network can create more inclusive communities and equitable outcomes.


  • We denounce discrimination and exclusion based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, or other identities.
  • We commit to ongoing learning, communication and dialogue to deepen our progress toward being a more diverse, equitable and intentionally inclusive organization for all Kentuckians.
  • We commit to challenging the biases and stereotypes that prevent Kentuckians from their right to live in an equitable and inclusive society.
  • We commit to fostering equity, which can only be achieved when the systemic, institutional, and historical barriers resulting from exclusion no longer predict socioeconomic, education and health outcomes.
  • We commit to creating and sustaining an equitable UWKY and equitable communities in collaboration with our 21-member network across the Commonwealth, through convening, awareness building, advocacy, and representation.



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