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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.

2019-2020 Class


Inetta Alexander
O'Neal Alexander, Westrock
Renee' Barker, First Baptist Church Murfreesboro
Chase Brandon, Farm Bureau Insurance
Jeff Carlton, Franklins Printing
Stacie Caronna, Johnson Controls Fire Protection
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. KW
Toddra Liddell, Vanderbilt Medical Center 
Trina Martin, MTEMC
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, MTEMC
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