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. 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 provides education and financial empowerment opportunities for over 100 Ethiopian mothers and children.
Director of Development
Ashley is bi-lingual and has a multi-cultural background with for-profit companies and the US government. Her most recent undertaking was a double master’s program in Barcelona, Spain where she received degrees in International Business and an MBA. Previously Ashley volunteered in the Peace Corps in Peru to facilitate Community Economic Development from 2014-2016. Before joining the Peace Corps, Ashley utilized her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and her Graduate Gemology degree while working in the jewelry industry for 12 years on both the retail and manufacturing sides.
As Director of Development, Ashley is responsible for the tracking, development, and maintenance of fundraising relationships.
Ashley is happily living in Indiana and reacquainting herself with Hoosier treasures such as whoopie pies.
Director of Finance and Administration
Angie joined United Way in May 2018. She was born in Decatur, Indiana and lived a short time in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She has been a resident of Elkhart County since the age of six. She graduated from Elkhart Memorial High School in 1990 and began her career in the banking and finance industry.
She has volunteered with the Cares Mentoring program at Hawthorne Elementary. She has also assisted in raising money and awareness for breast cancer and diabetes with a previous employer.
Angie’s role with United Way as Director of Finance and Administration is to process payables, receivables, prepare for annual audits by keeping accurate and detailed records, prepare monthly statements and serve as a record keeper for the staff.
Angie and her husband Brice live in Goshen with their two Yorkies, Chase and Cassie. Her son Tony resides in Illinois and is working on his certification as a Maintenance Engineer. In the winter you can find Angie and Brice hitting the trails on their snowmobiles and in the summer relaxing by the pool, working in the garden or starting a project around the house.
Gr8t Beginnings Coalition Director
Carla Biro is the newest addition to the UWEC team. She is an Educator by certification, graduating with her Bachelor’s from Goshen College in 2006 and then her Master’s from Indiana Wesleyan in 2009. Recently, she completed her Education Administration licensure at Bethel College. Carla has 10 years of teaching experience with the Goshen, Elkhart, and Concord school systems. She is also a supervising teacher with Bethel College working with potential teaching candidates. She previously worked with Early Childhood Alliance as a quality improvement coach serving Child Care Ministries in 9 counties around northern Indiana.
Carla works daily through the ‘ups and downs’ of blending families with her husband Mike. Together they have 6 children in the age ranges of 23-11.
Matt joined the United Way team in January of 2016. He is a proud Hoosier and native son of Elkhart County.
Matt graduated from Goshen High School in 2007 and Indiana University, Bloomington in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education. After college, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and worked for a nonprofit focused on carbon reduction and environmental sustainability. After returning to Indiana, Matt taught at a special education program for young adults with developmental disabilities before joining United Way. He helps coordinate and entertains at fundraisers for multiple local nonprofits each year.
His roles at United Way include office administration and support, office management, development and design of print materials, social media marketing, event coordination, and project lead on digital donor engagement initiatives.
Matt and his wife Erin live in Goshen. Outside of work you can find him picking a guitar on the back porch, fussing over something on the stove, or out supporting local arts and music.