On Friday, October 14, 2022, the Heart of Missouri United Way gathered 28 local companies and agencies together to celebrate $1,615,524 raised in support of the community’s most vulnerable. These companies and agencies are known as United Way Pacesetters. Pacesetters play a vital role in the 2022 Heart of Missouri United Way Community Campaign by conducting high-profile United Way Campaign efforts that serve as a successful example to other mid-Missouri organizations.  

“Companies that run early employee campaigns as a part of the Pacesetter’s program are important for creating momentum for the ongoing work of United Way,” said Heart of Missouri United Way President and CEO, Andrew Grabau, “Their leadership helps to raise essential funds and awareness around the vital resources needed for supporting our most vulnerable and addressing our community’s biggest obstacles toward upward mobility.” 

To be a United Way Pacesetter, a company or agency must attain these benchmarks:  

  • 80% of your employees invested in United Way  
  • 80% pledged via payroll deduction  
  • 10% increase in the number of employees who invested  
  • 10% increase in your corporate investment  
  • 8% increase in the average investment by your employees  
  • 8% increase in total pledges (corporate gift & employee pledges combined)  

Meeting these benchmarks helps motivate other companies to invest in United Way to help address needs in our community identified through the Community Impact process. The 2022 Pacesetter Division Chairs are Jen Hedrick with SOA Architecture, Mark Gingrich with Williams-Keepers, and Shawn Barnes with Williams-Keepers. 


2022 Pacesetter Agencies:  

First Chance for Children – Gay Litteken, Janice Mericle  

Grade A Plus – Janice Dawson Threat, Tami Benus  

Heart of Missouri CASA – Kelly Hill  

Heart of Missouri United Way – Andrew Grabau, Jasmyn Ofodile, Nancy Allison  

Love Columbia – Jane Williams, Aaron Harris, Tim Davis  

Lutheran Family & Children’s Services – Heather Wall, Brittany Box  

True North – Jennifer Graves Hickam  

Voluntary Action Center – Ed Stansberry, Debbie Jones 


2022 Pacesetter Companies:  

3M – Grant Miller, Kendra Clark  

BMW of Columbia – Rusty Drewing, Lori Clay  

Boone Health – Troy Greer, Shelby Roberts  

Caterpillar – Doug Whitley, Stefanie Griffin  

Central Bank of Boone County – Ed Scavone, Sarah Hanneken, Spencer Hockman  

Columbia Insurance Group – Gary Thompson, Ben Austene  

Commerce Bank – Steve Sowers, Katie St. Pierre  

Daniel Boone Regional Library – Margaret Conroy, Jessica McNear  

First State Community Bank – Joe Miller, Brittany Cummings, Kristina Bowlin  

Hawthorn Bank – Todd Hoien, Luana Fields, Alex Autry  

Mercedes Benz of Columbia – Rusty Drewing, Lori Clay  

Missouri Employers Mutual – Jim Owen, Lynne Glindemann, Stacy Taylor, Laura Gerding  

PTC Laboratories – Joseph Gorman 

Schnucks- Battle Crossing – Chuck Murphy  

Shelter Insurance – Randa Rawlins, Cody Wilson, Kathleen VanRoekel, Dionne Woolfolk  

Simmons Bank – Matt Williams, Kelly Smith, Ashley McAdams, Joe Ritter  

SOA Architecture – Jen Hedrick, Crystal Anderson  

The Bank of Missouri – Mike Ireland, MacKenzie Smith, Misty Daly  

Veterans United Foundation – Erik Morse, Piper Britnall  

Watlow Columbia – Trevor Henry, Vonya Johnson, Ashley Cooper  

Williams-Keepers – Jeff Echelmeier, Jennifer Backes 


The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.