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 – Office Manager


Board of Directors

Lisa Carmichael – President 
Ontario Local Schools



Jason PainleyPresident Elect
Mechanics Bank



Col. Mike Howard, USAF Past President
179th Airlift Wing, Retired



George Andress- Treasurer
Kleshinski, Morrison, and Morris



Chelsie Thompson – Allocations Chair
Renaissance Theatre


Beth Malaska – Personnel / Nominating Chair
Park National Bank


Chris Brown – Policy And Governance Chair
Law Department, City of Mansfield

Debbi Adams
Mechanics Bank



Andrew Beilstein
The Blueberry Patch/1285



Col. Troy Cramer
179th Airlift Wing



Brad Downs
MHS Industrial Supply



Chris Hiner
Park National Bank



Lori Holden-Sjostedt
Haring Realty



Bart Ingram
RFME Insurance



Alan Koser
OCSEA Chapter 7000



Joe Lyren
OhioHealth Mansfield & Shelby Hospitals


Chris May
Mansfield/Richland County Public Library


Phil McClenathan 
Mechanics Bank



Denise Mcvey



Adam Navratil
J&B Acoustical



Kathy Shambre
Debt Recovery Solutions



Cindy Wood
The Ohio State University at Mansfield