About Us

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

Underneath everything we are,
underneath everything we do,
we are all people,
connected, interdependent, united,
and when we reach out a hand to one,
we influence the condition of all.
That’s what it means to

“Live United.”

  • United Way of Richland County is a local organization led by local people; Members of the Board of Directors and Allocation members are volunteers.
  • United Way ensures that the funds you entrust to us are invested wisely in programs county wide. Our volunteer allocations teams review fundraising requests, conduct program site visits, evaluate program outcomes, and ensure community needs are being met. We monitor all dollars granted, year round, to ensure your dollars are impacting our community.
  • You can designate a gift to one or several of United Way’s partner agencies, specific community needs or any other verifiable 501(c)3 organization.
  • Our mission is to increase the capacity of Richland County citizens to care for one another by bringing together all elements of the community to plan, support, deliver and monitor quality human services.


Dan Varn – Executive Director


Alexis Danhoff
 – Director of Resource Development 



Angie Snook – Operations Director




Ashlea ShawManager of Community Impact


Board of Directors

Kathy Shambre President 
Debt Recovery Solutions



Colene Horning – President Elect
Spherion Mid Ohio


Adam Navratil– Past President 


George Andress- Treasurer
Kleshinski, Morrison, and Morris



Phil McClenathan Policy and Governance Chair
Mechanics Bank



Andrew Beilstein Marketing Chair
The Blueberry Patch/1285 Winery


Adrian Ackerman
Community Development/City of Mansfield



Brian Baker
Newman Technology

Jill Coward
Adena Corporation



Col. Troy Cramer
179th Airlift Wing



Dr. Dorey Diab
North Central State College



Matt DeHart

Charter Next Generation



Brad Downs
MHS Industrial Supply



Curtis Freeman
The Gorman Rupp Company










Christine Gfrer
Warren Rupp



Clayton Herold
Park National Bank



Kristi Lord
Mechanics Bank



Joe Lyren
OhioHealth Mansfield & Shelby Hospitals



Chris May
Mansfield/Richland County Public Library



Brian White
Village of Lexington