Johnson joined UWNWMI from United Way of Central Iowa in Des Moines where he served as Director of their OpportUNITY Program, a collective impact initiative focused on reducing poverty and achieving increased financial stability for all community members. A graduate of North Park University, Chicago, Johnson is an avid cyclist and he and his family are outdoor enthusiasts with ties to Michigan.
Corporate Engagement Director
Sara O’Hara is our campaign and community impact livewire. She is an original to the northwest Michigan area and has recently returned to reconnect with family, friends and the community that survived her teenage years. With the good fortune of marrying Prince-So-Very-Charming, aka Robert, and living the dream, Sara believes in the power of community, the gift of volunteering, and the therapeutic value of a good chocolate bar. In the somewhat near future, she plans to save the world between naps and perfect gourmet mushroom risotto.
Melissa has been a part of the United Way team since 2010, first as an 80’s loving subcontractor bookkeeper and then in late 2017 as an 80’s loving employee. She is all about the numbers so her duties are administrative based. She is a SuperWife to Perry and a SuperMom to Emma and Abigail. She is the only member of the team to work remotely or as she likes to call it, from the southern division. Melissa’s home base is in sunny (and hot) Florida. When she is not dodging hurricanes and tropical storms she can be found dreaming of salt free and gator free waters but not snowy ski slopes.
Marketing and Volunteer Center Manager
Jessica is the newest member of the United Way NWMI team. She has spent the last two years serving our community as an AmeriCorps VISTA member helping build the capacity of area non-profits. She's a proud vegan and loves encouraging her co-workers to try new plant based foods. The highlight of her life is her precious baby bunny, Winston. She enjoys smothering him with love even when it's not reciprocated.
Ranae McCauley is our Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Supervisor. Ranae is a tireless champion for community impact and providing support for our most fragile and vulnerable families. She is a past Athena award recipient, Kalkaska County Citizen of the year, a Michigan Association of United Ways Legacy award recipient and has served on a number of regional boards. Ranae has lived in the region for 30 years and is from the SW Wisconsin. She and Dennis have 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. Have a few hours? She'll gladly share pictures and stories of the grands! Ranae loves to travel, read non fiction and take on ambitious home improvement projects.
AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor
Bailey is the newest member of the UWNWMI team, serving as an Americorps VISTA on Impact and Engagement. She is a fourth generation native to the area, having had a grandfather and a great grandfather who were cherry farmers on the Old Mission Peninsula. She has two little boys that love the outdoors and keep her busy exploring. When she’s not lost in the woods, Bailey has a passion for training, development, and children.