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


Board of Directors

Adam Navratil– President 



Kathy Shambre President Elect
Debt Recovery Solutions



Jason Painley – Past President
Mechanics Bank



George Andress- Treasurer
Kleshinski, Morrison, and Morris



Phil McClenathan Policy and Governance Chair
Mechanics Bank



Bart Ingram Allocations Chair
RFME Insurance






Adrian Ackerman
Community Development/City of Mansfield



Andrew Beilstein
The Blueberry Patch/1285



Lisa Carmichael
Ontario Local Schools



Col. Troy Cramer
179th Airlift Wing



Matt DeHart
Charter Next Generation



Brad Downs
MHS Industrial Supply



Clayton Herold
Park National Bank



Lori Holden-Sjostedt
Keller Williams Legacy Group



Colene Horning
Spherion Mid Ohio





Mike Howard
Retired – 179th Airlift Wing



Alan Koser
OCSEA Chapter 7000



Joe Lyren
OhioHealth Mansfield & Shelby Hospitals


Chris May
Mansfield/Richland County Public Library



Find Help | Richland County Job & Family ServicesJason McManes
Richland County JFS



Chelsie Thompson
Renaissance Theater



Brian White
Village of Lexington




Cindy Wood
The Ohio State University at Mansfield