Authors


Joe Tolan | Mary Grissom | Deborah Wade | Jan Sherrell  | Glen Powell | John Nevitt | Janet Masterson Melody Murphy | Kimberly Broecker | TJ Delahanty | Katy Miller | Regan Hunt | Delquan Dorsey | Judy Schroeder | Mary Sullivan | Shawn Gardner


Joe Tolan

Joe Tolan - President & CEO Metro United Way Joe is the President and CEO of Metro United Way. A  native of New York City, Joe pursued a career in social work and earned his  masters degree in Social Work from Loyola University. He’s been with Metro United Way since the mid-80’s where he served in several positions, including Chief Operating Officer, prior to assuming his current role as president and CEO.

Joe has served on numerous boards and community task forces throughout Louisville. Currently, he serves on the boards of The Housing Partnership, The WLKY Bell Awards Foundation, the West Louisville Economic Advisory Board and more.  Joe is married to Terry and is the proud father of three daughters

Joe can be reached at Joseph.Tolan@metrounitedway.org. 



Mary Grissom 

Mary is the Director of Engagement at Metro United Way. After spending ten years working in Boston non-profits, local campaigns, and city government she returned to her hometown of Louisville, KY with a deep desire to better understand and make impact in her own home. 

Mary recruited her husband to move home to Kentucky with her and is proud mama to Ella Mae.

You can reach Mary at mary.grissom@metrounitedway.org and on Twitter at @mgrissom5.




Deborah Wade

Deborah Wade is the Program Coordinator, Innovation and Community Engagement at The University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

Deborah attended The University of Kentucky for both undergraduate and graduate school where she earned a Master's Degree in Social Work.  She previously lived and worked in Lexington for nearly twenty years before moving to Anchorage, Ky. approximately 16 years ago. You can read more about the work Deborah is doing in the community here.

You can reach Deborah at Deborah.Wade@louisville.edu and on Twitter at @debnwade.



Jan Sherrell

Jan Sherrell is Senior Manager of Basic Needs at Metro United Way. Her role has evolved over her 13 years at Metro United Way, beginning in the Southern Indiana office, and most recently as the primary contact with our funded agency partners. In her current role, she is supporting emergency food, shelter, safety services and more.

Jan is proud to be a Diamond Donor supporting Metro United way for over 31 years.

Jan can be reached at Jan.Sherrell@MetroUnitedWay.org



Glen Powell

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Glen Powell is Metro United Way's 2-1-1 Director and helped start the program at Metro United Way due to his knowledge of the vast resources and services in our community ranging from government agencies to non-profit organizations.

Glen is a  retired Louisville Police Office, a Military Reservist  and a Veteran with recent tours in Iraq in 2007 and Guantanamo Bay in 2012. He was the first person at Metro United Way to be activated to duty in our 90 year history.

Glen can be reached at Glen.Powell@MetroUnitedWay.org



John Nevitt

 John Nevitt PhotoJohn Nevitt has been with Metro United Way for 16 years and currently holds the title of Senior Manager of Family Stability. John’s primary focus is on strategies and measures for meeting the needs of families so they can maintain stability and help their children succeed.

John’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from Bellarmine University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from The University of Louisville.

John’s favorite pastime is to engage others in conversations that expand conventional views of what is possible for individuals and communities. He also has a dazzling collection of Hawaiian shirts.

Reach out to John at John.Nevitt@MetroUnitedWay.org 



Janet Masterson

Janet Masterson is the Assistant Director for Community Coordinated Child Care, 4-C. Her entire career has been in the field of early childhood education. She has served as a teacher, Executive Director for two child care centers and a Head Start Coordinator.

For the last 19 years, Janet has served in several positions at 4-C before assuming her current role as Assistant Director.

She is a Louisville native who enjoys weekend escapes at Rough River with her husband. 

Janet can be reached at janet-masterson@4cforkids.com. Connect with 4C on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4CVOICE


Melody Murphy

Melody Murphy joined the Metro United Way marketing team in 2012 and is currently Senior Manager, Digital Engagement. Her career began in bank marketing, and then she spent 11 years with a local advertising agency before moving to the non-profit sector with Legal Aid Society, Northeast Christian Church, and Blessings in a Backpack.
Melody is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Business and loves the Cards. Of course her favorite hashtags are #L1C4 and #LIVEUNITED. She's married to Logan and has three kids: Nate, Lily and Eva and two stepdaughters: Raven and Baylee.

melody.murphy@metrounitedway.org
@melody_murphy  
IG - @melodymurphy


Kimberly Broecker

Kimberly is the Ages & Stages Coordinator for Metro United Way.  In 2009, she found help with ASQ after struggling to find help for her son’s developmental delay. She then joined Metro United Way with a passion for helping parents identify developmental delays and connecting them to any needed services. 

She attended the University of Western Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. Kimberly currently lives in Louisville with her husband and 2 children. 

You can reach her at Kimberly.Broecker@MetroUnitedWay.org  



TJ Delahanty

TJ Delahanty is the Manager Out-of-School Time Initiatives, at Metro United Way.

TJ is a native Louisvillian, but has spent a good chunk of his professional life working outside his home town.  He is a proud graduate of the University of Louisville and Rutgers University. TJ considers himself a youth development professional and his career has led him on a winding path through Central America, South America, Washington D.C. and Frankfort, Kentucky.

TJ is quite proud that he has landed back in Louisville with his family in his chosen career working with our community partners to support all young people to graduate high school prepared for college, work and life.

You can reach him at TJ.Delahanty@MetroUnitedWay.org and on Twitter at @MUW_OST



Katy Miller

Katy Miller is the Director of Digital Marketing for Louisville-based, Atria Senior Living. She is a member of the Metro United Way Digital Engagement Council and studies emerging technology for the purpose of creating new ways of learning about, repositioning and changing public conversation about the process of aging.

In her spare time, Katy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, watching college sports, sewing and reading.

You can reach Katy at mesewgood@gmail.com and on Twitter at @MediaDarlingKM



Karen Napier


Karen E. Napier is the Director of High School Graduation Initiatives at Metro United Way in Louisville, Kentucky. Karen and her team work closely with community-based agencies to provide technical assistance and other resources to agencies that can help youth graduate from high school on time ready for college, work and life.

Karen has over 25 years experience working in the non-profit arena and working with local and state governments. She holds a Masters of Arts from Kent State University and her Bachelors Degree from Purdue University. Prior to coming to Metro United Way, Karen worked closely with First Lady, Jane Beshear and the Governor’s Office on the Graduate Kentucky Initiative.  Karen is very involved in the community and she serves on various boards and advisory groups.

Karen is a proud daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Her and her husband enjoy their family and have a love for animals. They presently have 7 dogs and 6 cats which they have adopted or pickup along the road.

You can reach Karen at karen.naper@metrounitedway.org or Twitter: @kenapier

Janet Boyd

Janet L. Boyd serves as Senior Grants Manager for Metro United Way. She has performed similar roles for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Kentucky Science Center. She is a former college English teacher, technical writer, and newspaper columnist.

Her volunteer work has included service to the University of Kentucky Women Writers Conference, National Organization for Women, Bonnycastle Homestead Association,  WFPK radio, Louisville Girls Leadership, and Bunbury Theatre.

Janet enjoys attending Nia classes, gardening when it’s not too hot, reading on her front porch, crocheting hats and sweaters for the babies in her life, and, of course, talking with Stella Rose.  You can reach Janet at janet.boyd@metrounitedway.org




Breck Thomas-Ross

Breck is television journalist turned corporate communicator.  Prior to joining Humana almost 9 years ago, Breck spent 13 years as a television news anchor and reporter.  She now utilizes many of her journalism skills in her work with Humana’s internal communications.  She serves as editor of Humana’s intranet news site.  Breck also manages both of Humana’s corporate nonprofit campaigns which raise money for Metro United Way and Fund for the Arts.  Each campaign has grown to nearly $2 million and over $1 million, respectively, under Breck’s leadership.


Breck holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Western Kentucky University.  While in broadcasting, Breck received multiple awards from the Associated Press, including ‘Best Reporter,’ as well as two Emmy nominations.  Through her work at Humana, Breck has been honored as the ‘Campaign Coordinator of the Year’ by both Metro United Way and Fund for the Arts.’  She also received the ‘Award of Excellence’ for her campaign communications from the International Association of Business Communicators.  She is a past board member of Volunteers of America and recently served on the Campaign Cabinet for Metro United Way. She is the proud mother of one daughter, Elyse.   



Latara Appleby

Latara is a Marketing Brand Assistant at Metro United Way. Prior to joining MUW she worked as a journalist in Michigan and at a nonprofit in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky. You can find her on twitter at @LataraAppleby or email her at latara.appleby@metrounitedway.org 



Robin Schotter

Robin has been on staff at 4-C since 2009. In that time she has been a credentialed trainer of early childhood science, a mentor in the Excellence Academy, and a writer/designer of creative projects. She has a BA in English and began her work with children in the mid 90s as a naturalist at two local parks, Marengo Cave and Wyandotte Caves. She worked for many years as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for the Kentucky Science Center and has collaborated on programs for children with local organizations such as the Squallis Puppeteers and Bernheim Forest.
Robin enjoys reading a good book, gardening, hiking, camping, making things and exploring the world with her son, Liam, and husband, Justin.
Robin can be reached at robin-schotter@4cforkids.com. Connect with 4-C on FacebookPinterestTwitter or on their website.

Regan Hunt

Regan Hunt is the Executive Director of Kentucky Voices for Health, a statewide health advocacy coalition. She is a native Kentuckian and Louisville is her adopted hometown. She is an aunt to six awesome Kentucky kids ages 3-10 and a Big Sister to Taylor, who will turn 20 in March.








Delquan Dorsey

Delquan Dorsey is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment. Mr. Dorsey is the former Director of Network Organizing for the Network Center for Community Change and the Center for Neighborhoods in Louisville, a previous Policy Advisor for former Jefferson County Commissioner Darryl T. Owens, and the Assistant State Coordinator for the NAACP Voter Empowerment Program. Mr. Dorsey was born and raised in the Smoketown Neighborhood, the heart of inner-city Louisville.

He provides leadership to the African-American community and worships at the Bates Memorial Baptist Church. Some of Mr. Dorsey's past involvement includes being a member of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Board, Louisville Asset Building Coalition Board of Advisors, Network Center for Community Change Board, St. John's Center Board, Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council Board, Louisville Branch NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. Dorsey has a BS degree in Business Administration from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH. Mr. Dorsey is married to Shealonda Dorsey and they have 2 sons Delquan, Jr. and Destin and reside in Louisville.


Judy Schroeder

Judy Schroeder has been with Metro United Way since 2006 and is currently Senior Manager, Neighborhood Engagement. Judy is a mediator, neighborhood mom, and human rights activist who has volunteered for 30 years with organizations in her own neighborhood of Portland in West Louisville, and has worked professionally with many other community-based organizations on program design and training: As Executive Director of the Peace Education Program (1982-1996) she created the Peer Mediation and Creative Conflict Resolution programs that now serve more than half of the Jefferson County Public School system. Statewide, Judy consulted in schools across Kentucky for the Kentucky Department of Education (1996-1999) on effective student engagement, peer mediation, and character education. As the original Training Director with Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Judy defined a training agenda for the skill sets the sector most requires, in a format that has persisted at CNPE since 2000. Regionally and nationally, for twenty years Judy led training teams for the National Coalition-Building Institute, Washington, D.C., on community-building and inter-group conflict resolution.

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan is Manager, Corporate Volunteer Engagement for Metro United Way. She joined the organization in 1975 as Planning, Allocations and Campaign Associate and in 1976 became the Coordinator of the Voluntary Action Center which began her 40 year career in volunteer management.

Mary is an active volunteer in the Louisville community with various organizations: Junior League of Louisville (President 2004-2005), Habitat for Humanity (Builder, Board Member and Nominating Committee), and St. James Catholic Community, (Co-chair of Social Outreach, Coordinator of Habitat builds, and Welcoming Host). She's also volunteered with Project WARM, Repair Affair, Jefferson County Public Schools, Susan B. Komen, Volunteer Center National Network and The Points of Light Foundation National Advisory Board, and the Kentuckiana Association of Volunteer Administration.

Mary is the proud recipient of the Spirit of Louisville/WLKY Bell Award, and the State of Indiana Governor’s Voluntary Action Center Program Directors Award. She is a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mary has 6 nephews, 3 nieces, 7 great nieces, and 4 great nephews, all who she spoils equally with love, books and ice cream. Mary is a Hoosier by birth, and a Notre Dame, Lady UofL Cards and Bellarmine fan.


Shawn Gardner

With more than a decade of problem solving experience and a Master of Science degree in Conflict Management, Shawn Gardner has developed a keen insight of how to analyze a problem and develop ways to solve them. As a father of four daughters, a community activist, a fatherhood advocate, a Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellow, and a successful author of his memoir “Me vs. Me Volume: 1," Shawn has used his multiple talents to start a non-profit organization, 2NOT1: Fatherhood & Families, Inc., and under Shawn’s leadership, various entities were brought together to improve neighborhoods and strengthen families.

With Shawn’s direction, 2NOT1 organized and hosted several Annual Fatherhood Conferences, and with the support of Congressman John Yarmuth, 2NOT1 has given Annual Fatherhood Awards to deserving fathers who reside in Kentucky and were nominated by their peers or community. In 2011, Shawn developed Teen Fatherhood University, TFU, to help teen fathers 24 and under navigate barriers and learn the skills to be involved fathers. Shawn also created “theBLUEPRINT” youth development program, which has been implemented in two Kentucky school districts. theBLUEPRINT assists youth with understanding the conflict in their lives and provides them with the needed tools to make positive and sound decisions while dealing with those conflicts.

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