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Leadership Team

United Way Staff

Tiffany DeRocco, Executive Director 

Tiffany was born in 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 board 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 but came to Bourbonnais in 2011 to attend Olivet Nazarene University, where she earned degrees in Political Science and Nonprofit Management. While at Olivet, Emily interned with Riverside Healthcare Foundation, United Way, and participated in an off-campus program in Washington, DC where she interned with the Center for Public Justice. Since 2015, Emily has served as the Development Manager at United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties where she fills a variety of roles, all with the purpose of raising funds to support local human service programs. This year, she became the chair of Women United, United Way’s new event that engages women on topics of career, life, and leadership through short talks given by key female leaders in Kankakee County. Emily loves working for United Way because it provides a great opportunity to engage in cross sector collaborations in order to make a real impact throughout the community.

In addition to her work at United Way, Emily sits on the Partnership for a Healthy Community: Violence Prevention and Safety committee, the advisory board for Aunt Martha’s Healthy Families program for new teen parents, the Child Health Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Community, as well as the planning committee for the Kankakee County Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Emily and her husband, Michael, attend College Church of the Nazarene and are active volunteers within the children's ministry. They love Kankakee County and are proud to call it home. 

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


Angela Buzas, Database Coordinator

Angela is the database coordinator for United Way. Angela has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Wright State University and boasts nearly 20 years of experience in the field. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, her family moved to kankakee County when her husband's engineering career brought them to CSL Behring.






Board Executive Committee

Alan Swinford- President
Kyle Benoit- President-Elect
Mileen Joines - Treasurer
Maureen Powell- Secretary
Scott Snavely- Immediate Past President
Julie Simpkins and Mike O'Brien- Community Investment Co-Chairs

Board of Directors

Kyle Benoit- Riverside Healthcare
Barbi Brewer Watson- Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
Larry Burton (Iroquois County)- Thrivent Financial
Sheri Cagle- Kankakee Community College
Kris Harms- ITW Zip-Pak
Mileen Joines- Geoffrey Johns and Associates
John Keigher- Midwest Transit Equipment
Mike O'Brien- HomeStar Bank
Maureen Powell- CSL Behring 
Dr. Amber Residori- Olivet Nazarene University
Julie Simpkins- Gardant Management Solutions
Al Swinford- Village of Manteno Police Department
Dr. Genevra Walters- Kankakee School District No.111
Sarah Marion- Village of Manteno
Kathy Peterson- Presence St. Mary's Hospital 
Kevin Hack (Iroquois County)- Riverside Healthcare
Amber Residori - Olivet Nazarene University
Laura Sztuba- Kankakee County Health Department 
Tim Jones - Cigna  
Scott Snavely- Midland States Bank