Board of Directors



Debbie Cratty
Past President
CUSD #205

Debbie joined the board in 2012, after helping with some of our Special Events, and is the current Past President.  Debbie feels that it is her job as an educator to give back to the community and wants to serve an organization that makes many things possible for the community and its organizations.  She also serves as a member of the Allocations Committee.



Connie Crowl
Events Co-Chair
Gordon Behrents Senior Center

Connie joined the Board in 2012 as the Partner Agency Liaison.  She has served on the Campaign Committee as well as Events.  Connie transitioned onto the Board as a member in 2015 to continue serving others and to further contribute to the community.  Connie states that it is rewarding to be part of a team that strives to make the community a better place.



Robby Dunn
Dave's Autobody

Robby joined the United Way of Knox County Board in 2015 and is currently President. He works both at Dave’s Autobody and Masters Educational Services. He believes strongly in the mission of the United Way, and is excited to assist the organization and its partner agencies in any way he is able.




Doug Gibb
Member at Large
Hospice Compassus

Doug joined the Board of Directors in 2012. He has served with United Way working with special events, education, allocations, campaign, and public relations. Doug is the Director of Bereavement and a grief therapist for Hospice Compassus.  He wants to be a part of a mission that promotes good will.



Rodney Grimes
Member at Large

As a Pastor of a local church and a tenured employee of one of Knox County’s biggest employers, Rodney offers a unique perspective on partnerships between local businesses and non-for-profit organizations.  This ideal partnership exudes community support and maintains the community vibrancy for years to come.  As a board member with this collaborative effort in mind, Rodney, is looking for this opportunity to effectively address the social concerns within the Knox County community.



Carol Hagan
Member at Large

Carol has lived all her life in Galesburg. She graduated from GHS & attended CSC. After 35 years in banking she recently retired from First Midwest Bank. She became a board member in 2015.  She was the 2016 Campaign Coordinator. Carol is currently on the CSC Foundation Board, a member of Galesburg Noon Lions & Elks Club. She attends the First Presbyterian Church & has chaired a number of committees for all of them.



Karrie Heartlein
Grant/Endowment Chair
Knox College

Karrie is the director of government & community relations at Knox College, where she coordinates efforts to enhance the partnership between the college and the community. She is active in a variety of community organizations and believes United Way has the power to make a difference in the lives of Knox County's citizens. She is currently the Grants/Endowment Chair.



Monica Jensen
Vice President
G & M Distributors

Monica served on the Special Events Committee throughout the 2011 year and loved getting involved and wanted to do more. She believes it is a wonderful feeling to help bring an event to fruition and have it be successful because of the collective efforts of a group, and is proud to give back to a community that supports its residents every day.  She joined the board in 2012, as a Member at Large and is now Vice President.


Theresa Mangieri
Secretary, Events Co-Chair
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Theresa currently serves as the Board’s Secretary and has been a Board Member since 2010. She is also Events Co-Chair. She has always believed in volunteering and giving her time.  She recently attended the Community Leaders Conference and is excited to share what she learned about education, income and health with other board members and hopes to implement some of these new strategies in Knox County to make it a better place to live. Theresa is a member of the Finance and Endowment Committees.




Brian Peterson
Simpson Peterson

Brian joined the board of directors in 2014.  He has served as secretary and is currently treasurer, serving on the Finance and Endowment Committees.  He is an attorney at Simpson Peterson. He became familiar with the United Way of Knox County when he moved to Galesburg two years ago and began seeking ways to become involved with the community.  He became a United Way board member so he could help contribute to an organization which is dedicated to helping improve Knox County communities.



Teresa Powell
Member at Large
CUSD #205

Teresa was born and raised in Galesburg. She attended Galesburg Schools, including Carl Sandburg College. Teresa received her Bachelors from Western Illinois University and her teaching certification from Knox College. She taught in Dallas, Texas for 10 years, before returning to Galesburg to teach for District 205. Teresa has been teaching 7th grade language arts for 17 years at Churchill Junior High. There are many reasons she looks to "pay it forward" to a community who has done so much for her students and their families. She wanted to step up and do more for our community and the families that the United Way serves in Knox County by being a board member.


Jennifer Talbert
Member at Large
OSF Saint Mary Medical Group

Jennifer wanted to become a board member in order to solidify her contributions to the community and ensure that those in needs have a place to find assistance.  She joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and serves as a Member at Large.  Jennifer currently serves on our Finance and Governance Committees.



Amber Wood
Agency Liaison
American Red Cross

Amber started her Red Cross career in 2008 as a Community Chapter Executive in Clinton, Iowa. Her leadership role expanded over the next five years to include managing a Red Cross office in Rock Falls, Illinois, and serving as the interim Community Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross in Dubuque, Iowa. In October 2014, Amber was named Executive Director for a newly formed American Red Cross serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois, a 19 county area including the Quad Cities area, West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

Amber has a Bachelor of Science in Communications Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University. Amber has an extensive background in non-profit management; she has been successful in building partner relationships with area businesses, organizations, and other community-based groups. Amber is Rotarian – joining the Clinton, Iowa club in 2009 and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Davenport.

Amber is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of Knox County through her role as Agency Liaison on the United Way of Knox County Board of Directors. She looks forward to getting to know the community, fellow agencies, community leaders, and advocates to best serve the residents of Knox County.