Our Staff

31 Oct

Joan Phelps

Get to know Joan! Hometown girl. Lived in Central Virginia all of my life except when away at college. Graduated from James Madison University BS in Education Working at United Way enables my genuine passion for helping people and a vision for making the community a better place. Enjoy gardening, cooking, decorating for the holidays and sitting in a beach chair looking at and listening to the ocean. ...

30 Oct

Robin Steckley

Get to know Robin! From Forest, Virginia, I’ve been working at United Way since 2015 – What I love about working at UWCV: Is knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of people in our Central Virginia every day. ...

28 Oct

Dawn Wise

Get to know Dawn! Hometown: Amherst County, Virginia Undergraduate: University of Virginia Post-graduate work: Mary Baldwin –School of Education Working at United Way since 2014 – What I love about working at UWCV: hearing the impact of our often “under-the-radar” work directly from the families, children, and educators in Central Virginia and how we are truly changing lives with what we do here. ...

26 Oct

Karen Wesley

Get to know Karen! Karen Wesley joined UWCV in 2012.  She is the Director of Educational Programming, and leads the Smart Beginnings initiative.  In addition to developing and coordinating the Regional Early Education Systems Alignment project, she also coordinates the regional ExCELL program, the Mixed Delivery project, and Summer Learning Loss Prevention. Karen has more than 20 years of experience in grant writing and management, program development and community outreach.  She is a certified CLASS Observer and believes that education, beginning...

25 Oct

Holly Layne

Get to know Holly! Holly is a JMU Grad, Kindergarten Teacher, Mom, Preschool Teacher, Preschool Director and the Smart Beginnings Early Learning Coach for Preschool Teachers.  Holly LOVES her job and how United Way supports our youngest citizens! ...

23 Jun

Shenda Scott

Get to know Shenda! From Gladys, VA Lives in Lynchburg, VA Graduated from William Campbell High School in 1993 Graduated from Phillips Business College in 1996 w/a certificate in Data Entry Graduated from Miller Motte Technical college in 2010 w/a Associate’s degree for Occupational Science in Massage Therapy Worked for Dept of Motor Vehicles for 5 years (2000-2005) Currently working for United Way for 15 years (2005-Present) Happily married w/2 step-children and 2 step-grandchildren No Pets Love cooking, being with family, watching my favorite tv shows, bowling, and relaxing at...