United Way Staff
Tiffany DeRocco, Executive Director
Tiffany was born Kankakee County and grew up on her family farm in St. Anne, Illinois. Tiffany graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2011 with a degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Business. Tiffany previously worked at Presence Health Life Connections, and she interned at the Riverside Healthcare Foundation. She currently serves as a Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee.
Tiffany loves working for United Way because it is an organization that is the voice for the voiceless. United Way advocates on the behalf of those in our community who have no other family, friends, or loved ones to turn to in their time of need. United Way brings individuals, organizations, and government together to advance the common good. To Tiffany, being a part of the change is one of the greatest blessings in world. United Way is not simply a place to work, it is her passion, hope, and dream for a better future for everyone in the community.
Tiffany’s favorite quote: “What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” –Henry David Thoreau
Emily Poff, Development Manager
Emily Poff grew up in New Castle, Indiana. She came to Bourbonnais to attend Olivet Nazarene University and pursued a degree Political Science with minors in Nonprofit Management and Business. While at Olivet, Emily interned with Riverside Healthcare Foundation, United Way, and participated in a semester abroad where she interned with the Center for Public Justice. She is now married and resides in the Kankakee area.
Emily loves working at United Way because she knows the opportunity she has to make a real difference in people’s lives. She works with amazing people that are doing great things for the community, and she couldn't think of a better way to spend her time. She and her husband, Michael, are thrilled to be living and working in the community.
Emily’s favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead