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Leadership Team

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


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. 
Kendra Martin- Iroquois County Regional Director 


Board Executive Committee

Scott Snavely- President
Alan SwinButt- President-Elect
Tim Jones, Cigna- Treasurer
Maureen Powell- Secretary
Sara Regnier- Immediate Past President
Sheri Cagle- Community Investment Chair

Board of Directors

Kyle Benoit- Riverside Healthcare
Barbi Brewer Watson- Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
Larry Burton (Iroquois Co)- 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
Nick Pacholski- Peoples Church
Margaret Prosser- ITW Zip-Pak
Maureen Powell- CSL Behring
Julie Simpkins- Gardant Management Solutions
Chad Starr- CSL Behring
Al Swinford- Village of Manteno Police Department
Dr. Genevra Walters- Kankakee School District No.111
Becky Wilder-Hospice of Kankakee Valley
Myra Wilkins- Martin Whalen Office Solutions