Our Team

Who is United Way of Moore County, NC?

Located in Southern Pines, North Carolina, the United Way of Moore County, NC is a private non-profit organization with a local board of directors whose mission is to make a measurable impact on the quality of life in the community by addressing our essential human service issues. Contributions to United Way stay right here in our community. We help donors help our friends and neighbors through crisis and day-to-day living.

Since 1968, it has been our pleasure here at United Way of Moore County to serve our local community. We are proud to have raised millions of dollars for the good of those living in Moore County communities: from Robbins to Lobelia, from Eureka to Eagle Springs and every neighborhood in between. Every year, local nonprofits receive United Way grants enabling them to bring our neighbors the very best in programs for their targeted needs. Our pledge to you is to continually assess the needs of our community and invest every dollar donated to our local United Way wisely, just as we have done for more than 50 years.  We will continue prioritizing the best interests of Moore County residents, whether you’re just moving here or have always lived here. This is OUR community and we are YOUR United Way of Moore County!

Thank you for your commitment to us and our role in this special community. Thank you for your support of the young and the young at heart, the hopeless and the hopeful. We thank you for joining us, keeping the best interests of the whole community at the heart of all that we do.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United!

Linda Pearson, Executive Director



Board of Directors 2021-2022

Chairman of the Board

Wes Cowell

Administrative Director, Pharmacy and Respiratory Care
FirstHealth
"I support the United Way of Moore County because UWMC helps local agencies improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community."

Secretary

Kit McKinley

Agency Director
First Flight Agency
"I believe in United Way of Moore County because their efforts support local programs and organizations. Funds raised in our community stay in our community to help build a better place for us all to live, work, and raise our families."

Treasurer

Robin Howard

Commercial Lending
Capital Bank - Division of First Horizon National Corp.
"United Way is a way for each of us to make a huge difference in another person’s life. Many of us are so blessed and United Way of Moore County provides us an opportunity to positively impact individuals, families and our community. "

Resource Development Chair

Gerald Galloway

Retired Southern Pines Chief of Police
Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
"I am convinced that by supporting United Way of Moore County, our community is a better place for individuals and families that otherwise wouldn’t enjoy the life most of us do. United Way of Moore County reaches out."

Strategic Planning Chair

Dale Perdue

Retired Civil Trial Lawyer
Philanthropist
"I support UWMC with my time and financial assistance because I am committed giving a helping hand to those among us who require education, financial stability and good health to become contributing members of our society."

Board Development Chair

Eve Avery

Owner
Eve Avery Boutique
"The reason I support United way is because as a business owner this area supports me in turn I believe in supporting the area and giving back. Linda Pearson asked me to be on the board because she saw something in me and now I'm asking everyone to see something in United Way."

Review & Allocations Chair

Mike Ianucilli

President
HomeChoice Network, Inc.
"I am very active in several professional and charity organizations, routinely serving on boards and in leadership positions."

Liz English

Realtor, GRI, MRP
Coldwell-Banker Advantage Realtors
"I believe in giving back to the community and I cannot think of a better organization to associate with than United Way of Moore County. I have served numerous years both as a board member as well as committee chair for Review and Allocations. Our community is blessed to have this organization and all the lives they touch are critical."

Kyle Sonnenberg

Retired City Manager
Columnist, The Pilot
"I first supported the United Way of Moore County over thirty years ago. My board service then and now has exposed me to the multiple ways our United Way makes life better for so many people throughout Moore County."

Brandon Sowell

Global Director Sales & Marketing
Eaton/Golf Pride
"Our United Way of Moore County impacts your community positively through its commitment to local Education, Health, and Financial Stability. As our county continues to grow, the focus we have ensures the needs of our area are prioritized, where it is most impactful to support our community for long term health and quality for generations to come."

Debbie Warren

Principal
Carthage Elementary School
"I want to be a part of an organization that supports those agencies in need. It makes me feel good to help others! United Way of Moore County makes sure those who are less fortunate are cared for!"

David J. Zmiewsky

City Executive, Vice President
First Bank
"I have previously been the Board Chairman for the American Red Cross in Moore County and United Way is an important supporter of the American Red Cross in Moore County. I saw how United Way was able to make important impacts on so many amazing organizations that help the people of Moore County and I wanted to be a part of that impact."

Crystal Gabric

Retired
Finance Director, Town of Southern Pines
"I have seen the tremendous benefit of the United Way’s contributions to create better opportunities for all citizens. Together, as a community, we can make a greater impact and enhance Moore County. "

Amanda Jakl

Publisher/Proprietor
Sand & Pine Magazine, Pinehurst Living Magazine, and Purple Thistle Kitchen & Co.
"I became part of the board because I believe in United Way's mission of serving our community. Whether you want to help children and youth succeed, support the elderly, sustain individuals in crisis, or help families in need, United Way of Moore County is there. "

Rev. Deborah Gray

Pastor
Blackwell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

Beth Walker

Retired Teacher
EDS and West Pine Middle


United Way Moore Staff

Executive Director

Linda Pearson

"I know that United Way plays a significant role in our community with a reach that spans all corners of Moore County regardless of one’s status, wealth or lack thereof. United Way supports a local nonprofit community that can touch the life of anyone. We’re there to help people through setbacks and unexpected life challenges, and to help this community thrive by supporting services the people need."

Administrative Assistant

Rachel Salisbury