Impact and Investment Council

Join us to make investment recommendations for funding from our United Way of Will County.

United Way Impact & Investment Council

The purpose of the council is to review funding applications and make community investment recommendations for:

  1. Programs that meet identified needs in Will County
  2. Programs that best carry out the proposed outcomes and goals that United Way of Will County has established within each community impact area.

Council Meetings and Requirements

This council begins in late winter and meets in the spring. It requires a significant time commitment. Commitments include: attending a training, spending at least two hours on an agency site visit, reading agency applications, and attending two days of panel reviews.

Members of our Impact & Investment Council:

  • Attend a community impact area-specific orientation session to learn about our local community needs and our commitments to creating positive, sustainable change in Will County.
  • Read through and evaluate submitted grant applications on how local programs will help meet local needs in Will County.
  • Work in a team with other volunteers to visit an agency in order to gain first hand knowledge on program seeking support from United Way of Will County. This is referred to as a “program site visit,” which will be pre-assigned for you. You will have the opportunity to visit the agency, view the program in action (when confidentiality is not an issue), and ask questions for further clarification.
  • Finally, the community impact-specific council* will come together for the review panel meetings. During these review panels, volunteers will report out on what they learned during their site visit and agencies will attend to educate the entire council on their programs seeking funding. At the end of this process, volunteers will determine the funding investment from United Way of Will County that each applying program will receive.

The 2018 Impact and Investment Process is complete.

For schedule, details, and sign up: Contact Loren Yaksich, Community Impact Manager at 815.723.2500 ext 108

Thank you to our 2018 Volunteers

Amber Mikula
Law Offices of Amber Mikula

Amy De Boni
Village of Plainfield

Anna Rocha-Gray
Midland States Bank

April Elashik

Becky Bafia
Joliet Township High School-Central Campus

Belinda Schirmer
Peotone School District

Bil Roseland

Carolyn Kucinic,
Cedricka Carver
University of StFrancis

Cherry Powell
Chestnut Health Systens

Christine Suhadolc
Schneider Logistics

Dawn Bullock

Dawn McCarty
First Midwest Bank

Dennis Platipodis
Hometown National Bank

Diane Cepela
Fairmont School District 89

Donnie Chestnutt,
Ed Selvas
retired CITGO

Fredrick Gandy
Lewis University

Heather Jourdan
Hometown National Bank

Heather McGuire
City of Crest Hill

Holly Barker
Grief Resource Network, LLC

Isabel Gloria
Joliet Township High School

J.D. Ross
Retired- Joliet Junior College

Jaime Brenczewski
New Lenox School District 122

Jeff Pritz,
Jeffery LaJoie
Bolingbrook Fire Department

Jen Howard

Jerome Streeky
Retired from BP

Joan Livingston

John Gillmann
Hometown National Bank

Karen Gonzalez
BMO Harris Bank

Karen Nolan
Channahon School District

Kathleen Batistich
Valley View School District

Kathy Slattery
Lewis University

Kelly Baltas
Joliet Chamber

Ken McConnaughay
Retired from Morgan Stanley

Kris White
Will County Center for Community Concerns

Kristi Kelly
Lewis University

Kristi McNichol
Will County Veteran Assistance Commission

Kristin Erickson
Will County Center for Economic Development

Laurie Keigher
Retired United Way of Will County

Laurie McPhillips
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Lea Pottle
Fountaindale Public Library District

Leslie Newbon
Silver Cross Hospital

Linda Derusha
Romeoville Police Department

Lou Hagemaster
Mastermolding, Inc.

Marc Gorsch
Hometown National Bank

Marc Reid
City of Joliet Police Department

Marcie Staley

Marcie Staley

Mardi Wunderlich
Joliet Police Department

Mark Strand
Retired JCPenney

Melanie Boseo
Joliet West High School

Michael Progress
Lewis University

Michelle Matt
Mokena District 159

Michelle Mosier
the Center

Mike Milam

Monica Engel
Valley View School District

Nick Tyrell
Edward Jones: Office of Nick Tyrell

Nicole Vaira
Channahon Park District


Phil Staley
District 204 Retired

Randy Fletcher
Joliet Junior College

Raymond Moen

Ron O’Connor
Will County ROE

Sandra DeMaso
Elwood School District 203

Sarah Palya
Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway

Shannon Jermal
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Tamara Holman
Caterpillar Inc.

Tanisha Cannon
Joliet Public Schools District 86

Terri Pellizzari
Homer School Dist. 33c

Terry Arya
Christian Brothers Services

Thomas Vana
Kurtz Ambulance

Tom Hernandez
Plainfield School District 202

Tyree Crosby
CBI Services, LLC

William Ruona

Yolanda Coleman
Joliet Public Schools District 86

Yolanda Farmer
Joliet Junior College


  • We will do our best to accommodate all volunteer requests for impact area assignments, but these will ultimately be made based upon the need for a particular area of expertise and a balanced panel.
  • In order to make the most educated and well informed funding recommendations, your presence and participation in the full review panel is vital to the fair, accurate, and efficient completion of our impact and investment process.