Twenty-One Individuals Graduate from United Way Catalyst Program

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.

Mission Statement

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all.

Vision Statement

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