Our Staff

President & Chief Executive Officer: LoAnn Ayers

LoAnn became President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties in July 2016. She ensures that the resources entrusted to our United Way get maximum benefit to improve lives in our community. Her formal affiliation with United Way began in 2007 as a Board member; she served as Board Chair in 2011 and 2012. She has been an active member of our community for 30 years and has an extensive background in developing partnerships and growing resources.  LoAnn holds an MBA and Doctorate in Leadership from Washington State University. 


Brant re-joined United Way in 2018 after having previously served in the same position from 2001-2006. He is responsible for the financial operations of the organization including financial accountability and stewardship, donor financial management, development of financial policies and procedures and more. Brant earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.


MaryAnne joined United Way in 2018. She leads a variety of marketing and communications activities that support the agency’s efforts to raise funds to support those in need in our community. MaryAnne has a background in journalism and marketing. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University.


Paul joined United Way in 2019. He is responsible for managing the funding process for local non-profit partners who help the growing number of people in need across our community. Paul comes from a non-profit background, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Donor Relations and Accounting Manager: Carol Brandner

Carol joined United Way in 2002. She is responsible for financial disbursements, including payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Carol also handles the payment of funds designated by donors to specific not-for-profit organizations. Carol's experience includes a variety of financial functions, customer relations, and procedures development and implementation. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a Bachelor's Degree in Operations and Information Systems.

Finance Assistant: Caroline MayR

Caroline joined United Way in 2017. She provides support to the finance department on accounts payable and receivable, and coordinates the agency's facilities and operations activities. Prior to re-locating to the Tri-Cities, she owned her own business in western Washington.

Workplace Campaign Manager: Heather Gilliam

Heather joined United Way in 2017. She is responsible for developing relationships and raising money to help United Way invest in priority services to support the growing number of people in need across our community. She focuses on corporate relationships and workplace giving and is responsible to create and implement strategies that recruit, retain, and grow corporate and individual donors. Heather comes from a background in non-profit fundraising and event planning and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Washington State University.

Graphics & Communications Specialist:  Amanda Young

Amanda joined United Way in 2019. She is responsible for strategizing and developing the print, digital, and social media materials that support our mission to improving local lives. Amanda has a background in graphic design, marketing, and small business development. She holds a bachelor’s in Digital Technology from Washington State University Tri-Cities, and a Master’s in Strategic Communications from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University.