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Catalyst Program


The United Way Catalyst Program is a nine-month program that helps train nonprofit volunteer leaders of tomorrow.

Mission Statement: 
To connect and develop business leaders in the community to become engaged in social responsibility through the means of advocacy, giving and volunteerism. The program aims to meet the needs of society today, while proactively preparing and pursuing measures in place for future generations.
Vision Statement:
To be the most desired community leadership development program in Rutherford and Cannon counties by creating tomorrow's community leaders, today.

2020 Class

Inetta Alexander           

O'Neal Alexander, Westrock

Renee'  Barker, First Baptist Church Murfreesboro

Chase Brandon, Farm Bureau Insurance

Jeff Carlton, Franklins Printing

Stacie Caronna, Fast Signs

Lisa Deal, Franklin Synergy Bank

Paige Diffee, UPS

Chase Doscher, Law Office of Scott Kimberly

Debbie England, Ingram Content Group

Lindsay Frierson, Rutherford County Government

Claire Jarrett, Dempsey Lord Smith LLC

Missy Lay, Rutherford Cable

Lagene Lee, Ann Hoke and Associates of Keller Williams

Toddra Liddell, Vanderbilt Medical Center

Trina Martin, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.

Robert  Miffleton, State Farm Insurance Company

Jennifer Moss, Cornerstone Financial Credit Union

Evan Pitts, Redstone Financial Credit Union

Angela Plunkett, United Real Estate Middle TN

Jay Sanders, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.

Connor Shea, Hilliard Lyons

Essence Threlkeld, C. Noelle Design Group

Gary Whitlow, CareerBuilder

Catalyst Program Testimonial


"The United Way Catalyst Program really opened my eyes to not just the needs in our community, but to all the amazing organizations available. There is a supportive system available for almost any hardship!

      While I was impressed to see the amount of support our community provides, Catalyst taught me that OUR involvement is paramount to those organizations' continuation and success. This is why the program emphasises education around being an effective board member, committee member, and volunteer. 

     In the many weeks we were together, I also created strong relationships with other like-minded citizens. These connections will continue to grow throughout the years - this was a surprise added benefit and I couldn't be more thrilled!

      If community engagement and learning to become an efficient contributor is your goal, the United Way's Catalyst Program is the smartest first step!"

Karen Pfluge, Crye-Leike Realtors
Class of 2017