Twenty-One Individuals Graduate from United Way Catalyst Program
Presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union
On June 16, twenty-one individuals graduated from United Way’s six-month Catalyst program. The class of business leaders, identified by the Catalyst Alumni Council, participated in the program to become engaged in social responsibility through the means of advocacy, giving and volunteerism.
The program’s ultimate goal is to train volunteers to serve in nonprofit leadership roles, such as nonprofit boards, in Rutherford and Cannon counties. One aspect of effective board leadership is the ability to strategically look at community-based needs. With the rapid growth rate in Murfreesboro and surrounding areas, access to a variety of transportation methods in Rutherford County can be critical for an individual seeking nonprofit services.
This year’s class was engaged in group projects to identify issues and present solutions centered around transportation. During the final program session, groups offered findings to City of Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. Local nonprofit organizations were also present for the opportunity to establish meaningful relationships and continued involvement with the graduates.
Shane McFarland, City of Murfreesboro Mayor, said, “I am very impressed with the ideas that the Catalyst members came up with for solutions to Murfreesboro’s increasing traffic. It will continue to take a collaborative effort and many different ideas to come up with meaningful solutions. I am proud Catalyst and the United Way are willing to be part of the solution and they are as committed as I am to help.”
2017 Participants include:
Brad Mankin, Redstone Federal Credit Union
Jim Robert, Journeys in Community Living
Phillip Street, Nissan North America
Ashley Wiseman, Saint Thomas Rutherford
Matthew Mattingly, Guaranty Trust Company
T. Matthew Chase, Tandem Financial Partners
Theodore Glave, General Mills
La’Endia Buchanan, Junior League of Murfreesboro
David Coggin, Barnabas Vision
Brian Walsh, Cunningham Financial Group
Josh Markham, First United Methodist Church
Amanda Cromwell, Dempsey, Vantrease & Follis
TaRita Wright, Adient
Jolene Radnoti, Murfreesboro City Schools
Karen Pfluge, Crye-Leike Realtors
Aubrenie Jones, Rutherford County Health Department
Kelli Anne Williams, Double Tree by Hilton
Anna Marie Whitaker, Rich Products
Joshua Aaron, MTSU
Jeff Clark, Mahle
Gernell Jenkins, City of Murfreesboro, Parks and Recreation
The program is sponsored by Redstone Federal Credit Union. Applications for the 2018 Catalyst class will be available in November of 2017.
For additional questions, please contact United Way at (615) 893-7303.
About United Way
United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. United Way focuses on education, health and financial stability – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done through giving, advocating, and volunteering.
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all.
To be the primary community solutions leader for human services.
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is located at 3050 Medical Center Pkwy in Murfreesboro. For more information, please call (615) 893-7303 or visit www.yourlocaluw.org.