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A Letter from Our Board Chair

I am very honored to serve as the chair of this year’s United Way of West Tennessee board. 

Here in West Tennessee, United Way continues to be a driving force - investing in the most effective local programs that specifically address the needs in our communities. We partner with 79 agencies and 108 programs to produce real results in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. We unite donors and volunteers with organizations to ensure that every dollar raised makes the greatest possible difference. 

I have been fortunate to be in leadership meetings throughout this region, and I continue to see and hear how our donors’ gifts are making a difference in West Tennessee. 

Thank you for supporting United Way of West Tennessee’s annual campaign. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. 


Judy Long
First Citizens National Bank

United Way of West Tennessee Board of Directors

Judy Long, Chair
First Citizens National Bank - President & COO

Gem Bell, Chair-Elect
Teknor Apex - Shipping/Logistics

Doug Roth, Vice Chair - Endowment
BancorpSouth - President

Bruce Niven, Campaign Vice-Chair
ARJ - Sales & Purchasing Manager

Dr. Kelli Deere, Finance Vice-Chair
UT Martin Parsons Center - Director

Tammy Knight, Community Impact Vice-Chair
General Electric - Human Resources Specialist

Mike Overbey, Past Chair
Central Distributors - General Manager

Jeff Agee
First Citizens National Bank - President & CEO

Louis Amirault
Teknor Apex Tennessee Company - Assembly Manager

Leigh Anne Bentley
Leaders Credit Union - VP of Marketing

Joseph Butler
Savant Learning Systems, Bethel University - Executive Consultant

Jake Bynum
Weakley County - Mayor

Reba Celsor
Tennova Dyersburg Regional Hospital - President & CEO

Charley Deal
UT Martin - Associate Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Versie Hamlett
Humboldt City Schools - Superintendent

Stuart Hirstein
University School of Jackson - Headmaster

Greg Jackson
Kellogg - Senior Operations Manager

Dr. Eric Jones
Jackson-Madison County School System - Superintendent

Penny Matheny
Monogram Refrigeration - Human Resources Manager

Keli McAlister

Mayor Bill Rawls
City of Brownsville

Nathan Smothers
Huntingdon Insurance Agency - Partner

Aaron Tiede
Nordyne - Plant Manager

Braxton Williams
Jackson Energy Authority - Senior VP, Gas Division

United Way Staff

Our Impact This Year

  • Agency Partners


  • Programs Funded


  • Dollars Raised


  • People Helped


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