Staff & Interns

Gary Henderson: President & Chief Executive Officer

Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson joined United Way of Denton County as President and CEO in June of 2011. Before joining the UWDC team, Gary served as CEO for Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT) for nine years. During his time at CISNT he led this Denton County-based non-profit organization focused on dropout prevention to growth of more than 500%. Prior to entering the non-profit sector in 2003, Gary enjoyed a successful 17-year business career at Price Waterhouse as a Senior Manager and at Bank of America as a Senior Vice President. Gary led Bank of America’s Private Bank Technology and Operations division including more than 400 associates across the U.S. and Grand Cayman offshore Private Bank. Gary brings a bias for growth, a passion for helping people and a deep desire to leverage his skills and experiences to promote the common good through service in our community. He is a member of the Denton Noon Rotary and is a past Texas Association of Partners in Education board member. Gary and his wife Pam have two adult children and have called Denton County home for nearly than 25 years.

Vicki Smith: Chief Financial Officer

Vicki SmithVicki Smith celebrated 15 years of service with United Way of Denton County in 2012, where she has served as a beacon to smoothly and efficiently guide the organization in all of its financial operations. Smith brought her background from Military Club Support in Abilene, a printing and publishing firm, where she worked as an accountant for 13 years, and D.R. Horton Custom Homes, where she worked for two years as a staff accountant, to United Way of Denton County in March 1997. During her time with United Way, she has improved technology and streamlined the accounting procedures, thereby reducing administrative costs. Smith is involved in many community organizations. She is Club Treasurer for the Denton Rotary Club where she is a past co-chair of RYLA, a member of Denton Benefit League, and is secretary for the Denton Quilt Guild. In addition to these organizations, she is also involved with several United Way committees, including the finance and administration committee, technology and audit committees. Smith holds a Bachelor’s in business administration and accounting from Abilene Christian University. Vicki and her husband, Mike, have been married for 32 years. Their son, Jared is a veteran, who served two tours in Iraq and is pursuing his degree at UNT; their daughter, Chelsea, teaches 4th grade and is a TWU graduate.

Jodi Ramón: Resource Development Director

United Way of Denton County welcomed Jodi Ramón in January 2007 in the Community Resources Director position. She went on to serve as Public Sector Campaign Director and was promoted to Resource Development Director in August 2010. Prior to coming to United Way, she worked for six years in the human resources department for Texas Woman’s University. Ramón is involved in several community organizations in addition to serving as the manager for the SECC committee. She is a member of the North Texas Society for Human Resource Management (NTSHRM) and the Denton Chamber of Commerce. Ramón holds the Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR). She enjoys spending her time off attending various sporting events with her husband and children.

Leah Jordan: Community Impact Director

Leah Jordan

Leah Jordan is a versatile staff member for United Way of Denton County. She began working with UWDC in September 2002, following a five year career managing an insurance agency. During her time with United Way, she has served as Resource Development Director, Director of Marketing and Communications, and currently serves as the Community Impact Director. One of her many accomplishments came after reorganizing the Leader on Loan program in 2004, resulting in exceeding the campaign goal in 2004, for the first time since 2001. Jordan oversees partnerships with partner agencies, as well as being responsible for United Way initiatives and programs. She is also involved in many other community organizations including Kiwanis, The Healthy Communities Coalition, The Homeless Coalition, the Denton Information Network, and serving as Disaster & Volunteer Coordinator for VOAD (Volunteers and Organizations Assisting in Disasters). Jordan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Texas Woman’s University. She, her husband, and two sons reside in Denton, TX.

Teddy Yan: Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Teddy joined the United Way of Denton County staff in April 2013 after serving successful Non-Profit Management and Community Impact Internships with our organization.  Teddy graduated from the University of North Texas in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.  As Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Teddy leads our efforts to connect United Way of Denton County programs and initiatives to people in need across Denton County.  Teddy also leads critically important communications activities that promote volunteerism and giving.

Mary Ellen Montoya: Community Impact Coordinator

Mary joined the United Way of Denton County staff in March 2014 after serving four years as a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program volunteer.  Mary Ellen has a BBA in Accounting from the University of North Texas and an MBA in Accounting from Texas Woman's University.  As Community Impact Coordinator, Mary Ellen is an integral member of the United Way of Denton County team that plans, coordinates and operates four UWDC VITA Sites across Denton County.   She is also fluent in Spanish.

Rachel Roberts, LMSW: Community Impact Coordinator

Rachel joined the United Way of Denton County staff in March 2014 after serving four years as a Foster Care Case Manager, Assessment Center Social Worker and Associate Director of Fund Development at Catholic Charities Fort Worth.  Rachel has a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Social Work from Baylor University and became a Licensed Master Social Worker in 2010.  As Community Impact Coordinator, Rachel leads United Way of Denton County's mental health initiative "Denton County Citizen's Council on Mental Health".

Lucy Hill: Resource Development Coordinator

Lucy joined the United Way of Denton County staff in April 2014 after graduating from the University of North Texas with a BBA in Marketing.  While at UNT Lucy served as the President of the University Program Council and completed a successful internship at Make-A-Wish Foundation's North Texas Chapter.  As Resource Development Coordinator, Lucy leads our Leaders On Loan program and is responsible for donor relationship management activities.

Interns

Alexandria Cook
Non-Profit Management Intern
Texas Woman's University
Business

Taylor Dilger
Marketing Intern
University of North Texas
Radio, Television & Film

Paige Gibson
Community Impact Intern
University of Texas Arlington
Masters of Social Work

Jordan Holley
Non-Profit Management Intern
University of North Texas
Social Work

Allison Peeler
Non-Profit Management Intern
University of Texas Arlington
Masters of Social Work

Sabrina Best
Community Impact Intern
University of North Texas
General Studies

Tranise Pleasant
Communications Intern
University of North Texas
Social Science

Tammie Riley
Public Relations Intern - Bilingual
University of North Texas
Journalism

Mary Qiu
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Intern
University of North Texas
Masters of Public Administration

Jade Grant
Community Impact Intern
University of North Texas
Marketing

Tessa Kisielewski
Community Impact Intern
University of North Texas
Social Work

Awo Eni
Social Media Intern
University of North Texas
Public Relations

Samantha Fields
Community Impact Intern
University of North Texas
Rehabilitation Studies

Sheyanne Liming
Community Impact Intern
University of North Texas
Development and Family Studies

Nicole St. John
Non-Profit Management Intern
University of Texas Arlington
Masters of Social Work

Jagruti Rami
Community Impact Intern
University of North Texas
Biochemistry

Alyssa Wolverton
Advocacy Intern
University of North Texas
Integrative Studies