United Way of Abilene


Dr. Cathy Ashby

President & CEO

Greg Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Evan Simmons

Director of Development

Bethany Ashlock

Community Impact & Marketing Director

Gaile Thompson

Donor Relations

Lori Beale

Donor Relations

Shelby Monk

Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement

Brenda Brown

Office Adminstrator

2-1-1 Texas A Call For Help

Mary Cooksey, CIRS, CRS

(325) 676-7065, ext 1

Lynn Jackson, CIRS

Call Center Manager
(325) 676-7065, ext 2

Information & Referral Specialists

Nancy Espinoza, CIRS
Alma Archuleta

Executive Committee


Justin Crowe
Hendrick Health System

Chair Elect

Lon Biebighauser
First Financial Trust & Asset Management

Past Chair

Susan Watts
Community Volunteer


Sage Diller
Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc.


Alex Eagle
Clear Fork, Inc.

Young Leaders Society

Staci Benavides
The Toro Company

Community Investment

Reed Stafford
Hendrick Health System

Stewardship Review

Reginald McCabe-Gossett
Parkway Advisors

Community Partnerships

Leigh Black
Hendrick Health System

Special Events

Jenn Waldmann
Hardin-Simmons University

Board of Directors

Megan Allred
First Abilene Federal Credit Union

Brannon Barnes
Double B Group

John Bittrick
Dillard’s Department Stores

Dayton Borger
First Financial Bank

Katie Browning
Community Volunteer

Will Christoferson
First Financial Bank

Will Duncan
Jacob & Martin

Christal Faries
United Supermarkets

Sam Ferguson
McMurry University

Jenny Goode
Betty Hardwick Center

Albert Gutierrez

Dr. Ashley Hall
ENT Allergy Associates

Terry Hagler
Wylie ISD

Robert Hanna
City of Abilene

Dr. Nancy Kucinski
Hardin-Simmons University

Elyse Lewis
Hendrick Health System

Adam Lott
Nexus PMG

Shannon Nix

Inger Nordby
The TORO Company

Doug Peters
Abilene Chamber of Commerce

Trent Poindexter
Wes-T-Go Convenience

Jack Rentz
The Rentech Companies

Che Samples
Star Family of Dealerships

Ethan Shepherd
Abilene Regional Medical Center

Jennifer Snodgrass
Keller Williams Realty

Matthew Sullivan
Sylvan Learning

Dr. Joe Waldron
Abilene ISD

Elizabeth Niblo Wallace
McMahon Surovik Suttle Attorneys

Todd Wilson
First Baptist Church Abilene

Dr.David Young
Abilene ISD

About the United Way of Abilene

Together We Can Do More

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life: EDUCATION, INCOME, and HEALTH. We work with our Community Partners to address the needs of today and tomorrow while seeking ways to create positive, lasting change. Everyone in West Central Texas is connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.


Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential


Promoting Financial Stability and Independence


Improving People’s

Sometimes it’s time. Sometimes it’s a word of encouragement. Sometimes it’s a financial investment.

United Way of Abilene relies on all three to… Volunteers like YOU are part of this collaborative effort that values stewardship and results.

The mission of the United Way of Abilene is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the West Central Texas area. We strive to collaborate to improve lives and better our community. We will do this by actively seeking to leverage the intellectual, organizational, institutional, financial, faith-based and personal resources of our communities as the best means to make positive, measurable and lasting change for the communities we serve.

Community Accountability

United Way of Abilene takes our role as a resource, partner, and steward very seriously. We engage community volunteers to oversee every aspect of our management and financial systems to ensure we are operating at the highest levels of professionalism and excellence, and in the best interests of our community. Led by an army of volunteers, we strive to make a measurable, lasting impact that will keep our community strong. Click on the links below for additional information about the network of care United Way provides to the community as a steward, collaborator, resource and much more.


Fall/Winter 2018 Newsletter

Fall/Winter 2017 Newsletter

Press Releases