"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." -Stepanek
William (Bill) Rieth has been President/CEO of United Way of Elkhart County (UWEC) since 2011. Prior to joining UWEC, Bill served as Coordinator for World Partners Immigrant Ministries and the Administrative Pastor for Grace Missionary Church. Bill has more than 25 years of experience as a director, developer, promoter, recruiter, public speaker, teacher and counselor. Bill received his BA in Zoology and Gerontology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Bill has a Masters of Divinity degree in Leadership, Multicultural Work, and Communications from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.
Bill is very involved in his community. He is President of the Goshen Community Schools Foundation, Board Member of the Elkhart River Restoration Association, President of Goshen Community Center Inc., Committee Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 5 and an active member of his church. He is also keenly involved in mentoring young people.
Bill lives in Goshen with his wife Karla. They have four children and one lazy dog.
Vice President of Community Impact
Keith brings a wide range of regional knowledge and experience to the role of VP of Community Impact. Keith shifted internal roles at United Way of Elkhart County in the Spring of 2017 from his former position of Northern Regional Director for the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network. Previously, he was Director of Community Impact at United Way of St. Joseph County. His current responsibilities include volunteer recruitment, training and development, marketing, public policy analysis, community relations, educational seminars and event planning. Recently he completed the University of Notre Dame Executive Development and Harwood Institute for Public Innovation coursework and has extensive experience in facilitation, strategic planning, and nonprofit consulting.
Keith serves on the board of Awake & Alive, a Goshen nonprofit organization that funds educational opportunities for families in Ethiopia. He helped start the organization, built revenue streams and board capacity, and created impact. Awake & Alive now serves over 100 children and their families through education and family empowerment.
Director of Resource Development and Donor Relations
Judy comes to United Way of Elkhart County with a background of service to her community, having served on many nonprofit boards in the area, including the YWCA of North Central Indiana and the Northern Indiana Better Business Bureau. "We feel fortunate to add Judy to our team at United Way. We're excited about how her abilities and passion for helping others will further our mission of advancing the common good," said Bill Reith, President and CEO.
Judy most recently held the position of Vice President of Development at RV/MH Hall of Fame here in Elkhart County and has worked extensively in our region with AT&T in the position of Director of External Affairs. Ms. Jankowski has served on multiple community boards in the area including the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a committee member on the Public Policy Councils of both the Elkhart and Goshen Chambers.
Campaign Relationship Manager
Jim Mason joined United Way in 2014. He was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts and grew up in Hanover. He graduated from Hanover High School, then Westfield State College with a Bachelor's of Science degree. Early in his career, Jim was the GM of Hatherly Country Club of North Scituate, MA. While at the country club, Jim implemented many significant changes which lead to a more successful business. He was soon scooped up by a local car dealership whose owner had been a member of the country club. Very early on, Jim's ability to establish relationships was apparent. Eventually he entered the coffee industry working for a Rhode Island based coffee roaster. A sales management class at Notre Dame brought Jim to South Bend where he met Karen, his wife. Eventually he relocated to the area and worked for Cadillac Coffee for 15 years. The travel became challenging with three kids.
Jim has coached a traveling baseball team and enjoys helping kids. He also has enjoyed raising money for different causes throughout his life including disaster relief, youth sports and families in need. Jim brings a wealth of experience and a big heart to United Way. Jime has built new relationships, added boats to our Great Cardboard Boat Race fleet, and began an annual coat drive for local schoolchildren on top of his regular job as a Campaign Relationship Manager.
Jim enjoys the water and can be found boating and swimming (he may even relive his collegiate days as a water polo player if you ask him). He and his wife Karen have three children.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ann joined United Way of Elkhart County in 2012 as Executive Administrative Assistant. Her background includes experience as an office manager in a family-owned outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, legal assistant in the areas of business contract, personal injury and medical malpractice and as a corporate accountant in the RV industry.
She volunteers annually at the races held at the Middlebury Walks for a Cure event and the Nappanee Apple Festival as well as for Feed My Starving Children. She works throughout the year on many other events and volunteer opportunities in the community and through United Way.
Northern Region Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
James brings over 13 years of nonprofit experience to the role of Northern Regional Director. Most of his professional career has been spent working with Boys & Girls Clubs in several roles over the years: Athletic Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Program Manager, Associative Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Development. James has a rich understanding of nonprofit management, particularly related to board development, community engagement, fundraising, and operations. He is passionate about engaging and empowering other nonprofit organizations, employees and volunteers to maximize their impact in the communities in which they serve. He firmly believes that every single person, from volunteers all the way to the CEO, play vital roles in order to achieve this goal.
James has spent his life in Northern Indiana, born in Bremen and residing in St. Joseph County. He received his BA in Psychology as a graduate of Bethel College. He is a Rotarian and actively involved in his local church. James and his wife, Alicia, reside in Granger with their daughter and two dogs.
Administrative Assistant, United Way & Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Matt began working at the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network in January of 2016 and joined the United Way team full time in August of 2016. Matt is a proud Hoosier and native son of Elkhart County. After graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and worked for a small nonprofit focused on carbon reduction and sustainability issues. Upon returning to Indiana, Matt taught at a special education program for young adults with developmental disabilities before joining United Way. Matt and his wife Erin live in Goshen with their cat, Nina. When not at work, you can find him strumming a guitar on the back porch, fussing over something on the stove, or out supporting the local arts.