Interim President & CEO
In April 2014, Mary Westbrook joined the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties as the Interim President and CEO. In this role, Mary is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall operation of the office including planning for and delivering our role in the communities we serve and acquiring and using resources to advance the 2020 Vision. Prior to joining the United Way, Mary was a Sr. Vice President and General Manager at Vangent from which she retired in 2008. She sees serving as Interim President and CEO as an opportunity to use the planning and delivery skills she learned in the private sector in the not-for-profit environment.
Mary is not new to the not-for-profit scene. She served on the Mercy Hospital of Iowa City Board of Directors and is just wrapping up 6 years on the Community Foundation of Johnson County Board of Directors for which she served as President for 2 years. Mary is currently a member of the Healthy Kids Advisory Board and the University of Iowa Museum of Art Members’ Council. She is also a volunteer for the United Action for Youth Festival of Flowers and a founder of 5224Good, a learning and giving circle for Johnson County.
VP, Community Impact & Engagement
Patti Fields joined the team at the United Way in 2007. In her work as Vice President for Community Impact & Engagement, Patti partners and collaborates with local governmental entities, businesses and many nonprofit agencies in the areas of Education, Income and Health. She directs the Community Investment work and Disaster Response for United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and supervises the United Way Volunteer Center.
With over 20 years of experience working with volunteers in nonprofits, Patti is a leader in volunteer management at the local and state level. She has developed continuing education curriculum and presented numerous trainings and workshops in the core competencies and best practices of volunteerism and volunteer management. She is the Community Advisor for The 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa, a member of the Volunteer Centers of Iowa and an instructor for the Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Kirkwood Community College. Appointed by Governor Culver in 2008 to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, serving as Chair for three years, Patti is currently the Past-Chair of the Commission. Embracing the value of service in her personal life, she has served on the Iowa City Community School District School Board since 2005.
Patti received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa, her Volunteer Management Certificate from Kirkwood Community College, her Nonprofit Management Certificate from Iowa State University and the CVA accreditation from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Patti was recognized as the Hospitality Person of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2010 and as a member of 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal.
Director of Finance & Operations
Terri Anderson is the Director of Finance and Operations, which means she is our Finance Department, IT Department, Personnel and Facilities point person. She works closely with all members of the team on community impact, resource development and the Volunteer Center and with our community partners who serve in board and committee roles. Terri is very involved in all aspects of United Way’s work and makes sure things run smoothly!
Before joining United Way, Terri worked as an analyst with Texas Instruments, raised two wonderful children, and spent 12 years managing operations for local non-profits Elder Services, Inc. and New Horizons United Methodist Church. She has seen firsthand the problems that people in our community deal with on a daily basis, and is motivated daily by the difference United Way’s donors and volunteers make.
Terri holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.
Director of Annual Giving & Communications
Dan joined the United Way in 2012 after serving as a member of the United Way board of directors for the previous 4 years. Dan directs all annual giving efforts and handles all external organizational communications. He works with the Campaign Cabinet, employers and individuals to establish and facilitate giving programs. He is the first-line contact for the media and community relations and works throughout the county to communicate the United Way mission and its 2020 Vision Goals.
A 5th generation Johnson County native, Dan has been involved with community development and non-profit service organizations as a board member of Johnson County Safe Kids Coalition, Salvation Army, Partnership for Alcohol Safety, Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa Newspaper Association, Summer of the Arts and United Way. Prior to joining United Way, Dan worked for 20 years as Market Development Director and General Manager of Press-Citizen Media prior to joining the United Way staff. He holds a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in Communications from The University of Iowa.
Pledge Services Coordinator
As Pledge Services Coordinator, Carol assists the United Way team in improving the education, income and health needs of the community through her work related to finance, database and pledge processing. She manages data entry of pledges and payments, prepares campaign billings, thank you letters and tax receipts, provides donor support and works closely with the Director of Finance & Operations on electronic data transfer, the annual audit and other financial tasks. Carol provides support to all members of the United Way team through event assistance, mailing preparation, data generation and more.
Carol holds a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Iowa State University and has over 15 years of experience at United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. She lives in rural Amana with her husband, Paul and 3 wonderful boys.
Community Strategies Coordinator
Sue Dvorsky joined the team at United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties in August, 2013. As the Community Strategies Coordinator, her primary responsibility is to support the work of Community Impact and Engagement. Community Investment, Disaster Response and the United Way Volunteer Center are key responsibilities, and support to initiatives like Out-of-School-Time and Healthy Kids are primary areas of focus.
Sue taught students with severe disabilities in the Iowa City Community School District for 34 years. Her experience working in collaborative partnerships to support families, effect positive change, and address goals will fit well with United Way’s mission to address the 2020 Vision, Goals for the Common Good. On retirement from the school district in June, 2010, Sue assumed the chairmanship of the Iowa Democratic Party through the Presidential election of 2012. She was named a Woman of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal in 2012.
Sue received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1976, and her Masters degree in Special Education in 2002, both from the University of Iowa. She is married to State Senator Bob Dvorsky, and they are the proud parents of one UNI Panther graduate and one UI Hawkeye graduate!
Claire Mraz joined the team at United Way in December 2014, and will usually be the first voice you hear if you call the office. Claire not only assists the public on the phone and at the front desk; she also supports the work of each member of the UWJWC staff in assisting with mailings, data entry of donations, and with each project, the famous "other duties as assigned!"
Claire received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 2014. Her passion for social justice work and advocacy drew her to United Way and its mission to create change in the community.