Our Team2019-05-29T16:04:37+00:00

Our Team

Travis W. Staton
Travis W. StatonPresident and CEO

Travis Staton became President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Southwest Virginia in 2005.  Since joining United Way, he has led the organization to a more regional approach to solving some of our area’s greatest issues. Between 2009 and early 2015, he guided the organization through six different mergers and acquisitions from solely serving one county to now serving an entire region.  A veteran of the United Way system, he is currently leading a dynamic shift from the United Way being recognized for decades as a premier fundraiser and distributor to an organization focused on a community impact model to improve the region’s health, education, and financial stability. Read Travis’s full bio here.

Leann Vernon
Leann VernonDirector of Accountability and Strategic Impact

Leann Vernon, the Director of Accountability and Strategic Impact, develops key performance indicators to assess implementation of United Way of Southwest Virginia’s business strategy, creates coordinated processes for data collection, provides analysis and reporting across the business, and devises opportunities for leaders across the organization to quickly learn from data.  Leann creates and leads a communications and public relations strategy that advances UWSWVA’s impact strategies with key audiences and influencers from multiple sectors (government, non-profit, business, academia), media, the general public and employees.

Leann graduated from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and art history.  She has worked in various nonprofits during her more than twenty year career, with experience in program development, planning, management, and evaluation; marketing and communications; and fund raising.

Leann is a member of Abingdon Bible Church where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, Awana leader, and Bible study leader.  She is the proud aunt of Chloe, Ian, Emmy, Tyler and Abbey.

Mark Seamon
Mark SeamonDirector of Finance

Mark Seamon joined the team in November 2015. Mark is retired from the Director of Budget and Finance position for Washington County. During his career with the county, Mark was called upon to serve as Acting County Administrator on various occasions and worked with United Way as well as other charitable organizations. Mark is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980. He has lived most of his life in Washington County and is a graduate of Abingdon High School. Mark and his wife reside in Bristol, Virginia.

Mary Anne Holbrook
Mary Anne HolbrookDirector of Community Relations

Mary Anne Holbrook joined the team in May 2016. With a background in non-profit fundraising and management and education, Mary Anne helps build and sustain resources for our community initiatives. She has worked in all facets of fundraising including donor development and stewardship, grant writing, governmental relations and events. Mary Anne helped launch new graduate medical education programs at Johnston Memorial Hospital that address regional physician shortages and workforce needs by training physicians in this region who will stay in the region. A graduate of Radford University, Mary Anne holds a Master’s Degree in English with concentrations in Appalachian Studies and Business and Technical Writing. Mary Anne lives in Washington County, Virginia with her husband, Jon, and their children.

Robyn Raines
Robyn RainesDirector of Childhood and Youth Success
Robyn Raines joined the team in January 2019. Being a native of Russell and Tazewell Counties and former Center Director of Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Robyn is honored to now lead the Childhood and Youth Success Teams. She journeys through a non-linear career thriving on problem solving and new experiences. She moved back to the region over ten years ago to work as Director of Appalachian Arts Center (Richlands, VA). Robyn has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in textile design (minor:  drawing and painting) from Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia). Last year, she completed her Master’s Degree in Natural Resources through Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. Robyn is passionately committed to seeing southwest Virginia succeed and overcome the challenges facing the region. She believes in working collectively to find solutions and instilling hope and resilience in the children and youth of our communities. Robyn enjoys time in her art studio and traveling while striving toward balance and practicing yoga.
Tina Camper
Tina CamperFinance and Operations Manager

Tina Camper has been with United Way since 2002.  In her current role she supports the financial and operational systems, to ensure financial strength and operational efficiency of the organization and oversees the Backpacks Unite Program. She has experience in the areas of marketing, resource development, volunteer coordination, event management, finance & administration, human resources and small business startup & operation. In her spare time, Tina enjoys being outdoors, photography, spending time with family and helping her husband run his successful outdoor recreation companies. Tina lives in Meadowview, Virginia with her husband, Jerry, and son Cole.

Debby Loggans
Debby LoggansCommunity Relations Manager

Debby Loggans joined the team in April 2015. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years as practitioner, trainer, and leader. Her nonprofit work began at People, Incorporated as Business Development Manager in the Financial Services program.  Most recently, she served as the Membership Manager for `Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network. Her volunteer work has included board service with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol/Washington County Virginia and Town Square Center for the Arts in Glade Spring. She has participated on numerous volunteer projects and enjoys managing fund raising events. Debby resides in Washington County with her husband, one dog and too many cats to count.

Robin Grossman
Robin GrossmanData and Compliance Manager

Robin Grossman joined the team in September 2013. Robin served as an AmeriCorps Member and has been passionate about community engagement ever since. Robin lives in Emory, Virginia with her husband and three children.

Melinda Leland
Melinda LelandManager of Youth Success

Melinda joined the team as Manager of Youth Success in August 2018. Prior to her role at United Way, Melinda retired from Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) where she was the Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. She served on the executive leadership team at VHCC, oversaw all non-credit workforce programming; she customized training for business and industry, coordinated continuing education programs, supervised workforce staff to include the small business development center and adjunct instructors, participated in economic development for the service area, served on numerous local boards, oversaw grants within the workforce division, and developed new programs in the area of workforce development and continuing education. She has experience in retail management and nine years of experience as a Business Educator for Washington County Schools. Melinda is a graduate of Emory & Henry College with her B.A. in Business Economics and of Virginia Tech with her M.S.ED in Vocational and Technical Education where she also received her K-12 teaching license. She has three adult daughters (Taylor Wilburn, Haven Jane Leland, and Macie Sue Leland), a son-in-law (Dillon), two grandchildren (Emmy and Colton) and has been married to her husband, David, for 29 years.

Uva Wright
Uva WrightManager of Childhood Success

Uva Wright joined the team in August 2014.  Prior to her employment with United Way, Uva worked as an administrator of her child care center in Wytheville, Virginia for over twelve years. She specializes in early childhood education and working with at-risk families to improve the quality of life for Southwest Virginia’s youngest residents.  In addition to this work, Uva has provided workshops focused on health and safety, leadership development, family engagement, and communication.

As a Rotarian, Uva made several trips to Haiti to provide service to a community living in extreme poverty, lacking basic essentials to survive.   Recognizing these same conditions exist in Southwest Virginia, Uva received training from the Missouri Association for Community Action to become a certified facilitator in Poverty Simulation.  Her hopes in conducting real world simulation is to provide awareness and make way for solutions to end insufficiency in Southwest Virginia.

Outside of work, Uva enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, and reading a good book.

Martha Whitt
Martha WhittCommunity Relations Coordinator

Martha Whitt joined the team in July 2017. Before her role here with United Way, Martha worked as the Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer at The Olde Farm Golf Club in Bristol, VA. For five years, she also served as the Student Coordinator for the Abingdon Campus of Highlands Fellowship, working with students to help them reach their full potential.

Martha graduated from Emory & Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications focusing on public relations, graphic design, social media, event coordination, and community involvement. She currently lives in Bristol, TN with her husband Tyler. In her spare time, Martha enjoys traveling, cooking, watching movies, and attempting to be crafty.

Shauna Gillespie
Shauna GillespieCommunity Relations Coordinator

Shauna Gillespie joined the team in August 2017 as Community Relations Coordinator. Shauna was born and raised in Southwest Virginia, received her Associate’s of Art Degree with a major in Education from Virginia Highlands Community College in 2013 and her Bachelor’s of Art Degree with a double major in Political Science and History from Emory & Henry College in 2016. Shauna has worked with multiple nonprofit organizations, including Sprouting Hope Community Garden and Appalachian Community Fund, and co-founded the organization A Reason to Play in 2013. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Program Assistant at the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing. Shauna resides in Rich Valley, Virginia. Her favorite things include reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with her dog, Hiccup.

Jennifer Ketchum
Jennifer KetchumCommunity Relations Assistant
Jennifer joined the team in March 2018 as Community Relations Assistant. Previously, she worked worked for Boise Cascade/OfficeMax for 17 years, where she was responsible for data entry, sales support, contract maintenance, account set up, reporting, quality control, and customer service. Jennifer also spent much of her career higher education. She held the position of administrative assistant for the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Emory & Henry College, where she enjoyed supporting many of the different departments on campus from academics to athletics. During her time on staff at UVA-Wise, she supported the Business Economics and Psychology Department. Before joining the team at United Way, her most recent position was Executive Assistant for the Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Abingdon. She has an Associate Degree in Legal Assisting through Virginia Highlands Community College.
Today, Jennifer resides in Abingdon with her husband Kevin, two children Austin and Sydney, and multiple pets.
Crystal Breeding
Crystal BreedingYouth Success Coordinator

Crystal Breeding joined the team in November 2012. Crystal currently serves as the Ignite Program Manager, partnering with school systems throughout the region to work on barriers that influence youth success, as well as, what resource partnerships can be made to assist the overall success of the student.  This includes working with key school personnel, area businesses and agencies throughout the region to make the assistance as specific to the student/school as possible.

A graduate of King College and Tusculum College, Crystal holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Education.  In addition to keeping busy with Ignite, she is also very active with her church and youth activities.  Crystal resides in Abingdon with her husband, Gary and daughter, Emily.

Rachel Haines
Rachel HainesYouth Success Coordinator, VISTA

Rachel joined the team in July 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Civic Innovation (Community Organizing & Leadership) from Emory & Henry College. Rachel’s degree in Civic Innovation has helped her identify her life’s journey through service. She currently resides in Abingdon, VA.

Cassandra Caffee Morelock
Cassandra Caffee MorelockChildhood Success Coordinator

Cassandra joined the team in June 2016. Cassandra Caffee Morelock serves United Way of Southwest Virginia as a Childhood Success Coordinator. She offers technical assistance and support to participating Virginia Quality child care providers and is a certified Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K CLASS observer. Additionally, she works with local nonprofit and state agencies as a community organizer to improve the health and education for infants and young children in Southwest Virginia. She previously spent seven years working as an early childhood educator after earning her Master’s degree in Education from Johnson University. Cassandra lives in Northeast Tennessee with her husband and their lovable pets. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and attending local events.

Carolyn Koesters
Carolyn KoestersChildhood Success Coordinator

Carolyn joined the team in May 2016. Carolyn’s key activities help agencies and community leaders collaborate on improving conditions for families and their young children birth to five, to better prepare them for Kindergarten.

Prior to working at United Way of Southwest Virginia, her roles involved leading educational initiatives as the Director of Education for Barter Theatre and working in the Outreach Education program at William King Museum of Art. She and her husband, Nick, moved from Cleveland, Ohio, and have resided in Abingdon since 2011 with their daughter, Calliope. Carolyn is an avid journaler and loves to read poetry.

Kristy Worley
Kristy WorleyChildhood Success Coordinator

Kristy joined the team in October 2015. Prior to joining the United Way, Kristy spent four and a half years working at a local childcare center. Two of those years were spent as a lead teacher and the other two and a half she was the Assistant Director. Kristy Grew up in Lee County, Virginia and is a 2011 graduate of Emory and Henry College. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys being outdoors, going fishing and camping with her husband and dog Quincey.

Lisa Green
Lisa GreenInfant & Toddler Specialist

Lisa joined the United Way of Southwest Virginia team in April 2017 as an Infant & Toddler Specialist. She brings over 20 years of early childcare experience, six years experience as a deaf interpreter with Washington County Schools (VA), and ten years experience as program director and lead teacher for a local childcare center. There she was a lead teacher to a classroom of 10 preschoolers, while mentoring college students from various career paths.  Lisa earned her Master of Arts in Education from Emory & Henry College in 2012 and continues to be a lifelong learner. She shares her enthusiasm and love of teaching with others with emphasis on research-based best practices of infant and toddler care.

Audrey Kirk
Audrey KirkChildhood Success Coordinator

Audrey joined the team in February 2018. Audrey holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Education with specializations in Curriculum Instruction and Adult Education. Her early career centered on Computer Technology, including Geographical Information Systems, and Database Management, which later grew into a career of educating adults in the technology field. She also holds eight different technology certifications, and held the position of Information Systems Director for American National University. Her passions have always been education and helping children. For over 5 years, she has been Kirk’s Blessings, LLC (Daycare and Preschool) Center Director. Her center has been voted The Best of the Best by the local readers of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph for the last 4 years. She shares her passion as a devoted volunteer for her church youth programs and in the past for the local high school band.