Our President

Jennifer Wackerhagen,
President & CEO

Jennifer is a 1993 graduate of Alcoa High School and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1997. She started working at United Way in 2001 as Communications & Marketing Director and was promoted to Vice President of Resource Development in 2006. She was named President & CEO of United Way of Blount County in August 2013. She is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Blount and a 2008 graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership. In 2010, she received the Leadership Blount Alumni Service Award. Jennifer was also nominated for the Athena Leadership Award in 2015 and 2018.

Jennifer is thankful for the opportunity to lead United Way of Blount County. She said there's no place she'd rather be than serving our community with a talented staff, volunteers, and her family by her side.

Meet Our Staff


Lisa Atkinson
Community Resource Coordinator


Alyssa Ikner
Finance & Administration Manager


Marie Owen
Administrative Coordinator



Julie Stansberry
Communications Manager


Jennifer Wackerhagen
President & CEO


Wendy Wand
Vice President

Emily Mantooth

Emily Mantooth
Resource Development Manager


Our Location

The office of United Way of Blount County is located at:

‌ 1615 East Broadway Avenue
      Maryville, TN 37804

From Knoxville, take Alcoa Highway to Pellissippi Parkway (I-140 East). At the end of the parkway, turn right onto East Broadway Avenue. The United Way of Blount County Office is 2.5 miles on the right.

Our 2020 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Kathy Johnson


Mike Honeycutt
Immediate Past Chair

Bob Booker
DENSO Manufacturing, Tenn., Inc.
Chair Elect

Jeff Ingle
Maryville College,

Dr. Jane Qualls
University of Tennessee,
Community Impact Chair

Chris Soro
C2RL, Inc.
Campaign Chair

Caitlin Darras
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
Director at Large

Members of the Board


Jennifer Coffin

Amy Cowden
Blount County Mayor's Office

Keith Edmonds
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Cory Everett
Blount Memorial Hospital

Tammi Ford
Blount Partnership

Rosemary Garland

Kim Golly

Jane Groff
City of Maryville

Mike Hearon
First Horizon

Regina Jennings
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Kelly Love Manning
Kizer & Black Attorneys, PLLC

Adriel McCord
First Horizon

Katie Powers
Blackberry Farm

Christi Sayles
Pinkstaff, Simpson, & Headrick, PC

Deb Skyler
Maryville City Schools

Andy Sonner
City of Alcoa

Kurt Wilkerson

Alex Willard
LeConte Wealth Management, LLC

Our History

Chartered in June 1954, Mr. H.L. Miller became the first President of United Community Fund of Blount County's Board of Directors. The board began planning a fall campaign right away. Mr. Dick Goddard was asked to be the Campaign Chairman for this young and growing charity organization. In that year, $86,150 was raised to assist 14 agencies that provided help to hundreds of people in our community.

In 1973, the Board of Directors voted to change the organization's name to United Way of Blount County (UWBC). That year $229,132 was raised under the leadership of Campaign Chair Dean Stone. That money helped 17 agencies make a difference in the lives of people of Blount County. In 1997, UWBC began program funding, and over 50 people participated in the allocations process. UWBC celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2004. That year, UWBC moved into a new facility and the campaign raised $1,850,424 for our partner agencies with the help of our Campaign Chair Greg McClain and a host of volunteers.

In 2008, UWBC hired new President & CEO Michelle Hankes following Sandra Davis' retirement after 17 years with United Way. In that same year, volunteers began to spearhead an incentive to create measurable goals to improve self-sufficiency, education and health in Blount County. Over 75 people attended focus groups and created 5 year goals and prioritized sub-categories for each benchmark and community need.

In 2013, UWBC hired new President & CEO Jennifer Wackerhagen, who most recently was Vice President of Resource Development at United Way of Blount County. That same year, United Way raised over $2 million in the annual campaign.

UWBC fights for the health, education and self-sufficiency of every person in Blount County.

To view our Daily Times insert highlighting our 60th anniversary, click here!


Click here for the
2019 Annual Report
Click here for the
2019 990
Click here for the
2019 Audit
Click here for the
2019 Financial Statement
Click here for the
IRS tax exempt
determination letter

Job Openings

We currently do not have any openings at this time. 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core values for United Way of Blount County. We aspire to involve every segment of the community in every aspect of our work and to demonstrate our commitment to and accountability for an inclusive environment in which differences are recognized, respected, valued and celebrated.