Board of Directors

Friends and Partners of United Way,

Drayton McLane

When you look back at the year 2015, you can say this was a year of several firsts for United Way of Central Texas. Here’s a short list of what’s new with UWCT:

  • First full year in our new facility which is called the United Way Center for Philanthropy Leadership and Volunteerism.
  • First full year of leadership from CEO James Thurston
  • First full year to operate under our new and exciting Community Impact model
  • First full year with new staff members Stephanie O’Banion (VP of Resource Development) Daniel Ramos (Community Health Coordinator) Alyson McMillan (Community Service Coordinator), and Sadie Meador (Media & Communications Coordinator)

With all these new people and resources in place UWCT is now in position to make an impact in Central Texas. Operating under a goal of four themes: Health, Financial Stability, Education, and Basic Needs, UWCT assists twenty-six (26) local agencies with both resources and finances to help to provide these services to those in our community who really need them.

The community impact model has opened new avenues for UWCT to provide services to those in our community who need them. A few examples of these are: 211 Call Center, VITA Program, Bridges to Wellness, SOAR/IDA, & the Chimes/ Navigator program.

UWCT can’t function without the financial support that comes from our friends in the community and the businesses that hold fundraising campaigns. To everyone who supported UWCT with a donation in 2015, THANK YOU! I am happy to report that the 2015 campaign again reached its goal and was able to continue to provide financial stability to local agencies who depend on UWCT allocations. Our traditional corporate campaigns delivered another strong performance and we were pleased to add several first time campaigns.

One last item to point out, and that is to thank Bill DiGaetano for completing three years as Chairman of UWCT! He originally signed on for a two year term, and then was kind enough to stay on for a third year when we needed him. Under Bill’s leadership, the UWCT has started all of these new programs I have listed earlier in my letter. Bill’s greatest legacy may be the new UWCT headquarters. He had the vision, built the support, and completed the project. Thank you Bill!

Drayton McLane III
Board President
United Way of Central Texas

Our Board of Directors is responsible for making sure the United Way is on the right track.  They meet monthly to discuss strategic issues facing the organization.  The board holds United Way's senior staff responsible for carrying out our mission. They ensure that United Way is an organization you can trust. The board is composed of community leaders from throughout the local community.  

2017 Executive Board Committee

President, Drayton McLane, III – McLane Group/ClassicFoods Biz
President-Elect, Phil Leibowitz – L&N Insurance Group
Past President, Bill DiGaetano – Iced Tea with Lemon, LLC
Treasurer, David Leigh, Sr. – Shine Branch
Secretary, Deb Steffes – McLane Company
Campaign Chairman, Eric Tovar – Belton H-E-B Plus!
VP Strategic Planning, Dr. Alan Stevens – Baylor Scott & White Health
VP Nominations, Martha Tyroch – Tyroch Consulting, LLC
VP Allocations, Janet Leigh 

2017 Board Members

Jim Calhoun – Charter Properties
Charlie Kimmey – Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs
Bill Schumann – Bell County Commissioner
Seleese Thompson-Mann – Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop, Fish Bowl Pet Express
Tim Atkinson – Wilsonart International Inc.
Dr. Robin Battershell – Temple ISD
Eyal Kaczur – Baylor Scott & White Health