Board of Directors & Staff of Daviess County

2019 Board of Directors and Staff

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Staff of Daviess County United Way

Zella Taylor, CEO and Executive Director 


Murray Crawford, Executive Assistant 

Board of Directors

Eric Lane, Board Chair- First Federal Savings Bank, Washington

Graduate of Vincennes University and ISU with MBA

Employed as Vice President at Lending.


“I have been involved with the local United Way since I was Campaign Chair in 1998. I have served on various committees and in 2017, I volunteered a second time as Campaign Chair.  What I like about serving on the United Way board is seeing the benefits that the agencies receive and the number of people that it touches.” 

Jordan Sherman, Board Vice Chair - NASCO Industries

Graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (IU) – BS in Accounting & Finance

Accounting Manager at NASCO Industries since 2014

“I first became interested in the United Way after learning more about what they do in our community during my time with Leadership Daviess County. My goal is to help support their mission in improving lives and make Daviess County a place my kids are proud to call home later in their lives. I truly am inspired with how well connected to the community the United Way is and I am thankful for this opportunity to serve on the board.”

Stephen Sacksteder, Board Treasurer - Retired Community Member

Graduate of SIU with a degree in rehab administration.

Stephen was employed at various Four River locations through Indiana. His goal was to help citizens with disabilities and their families to make their lives easier and more enjoyable. He took numerous training and advocating curses to receive the educational background.


“I served on several boards through my career over the past 20 years. I’m excited to apply my gained knowledge and experiences to the local United Way board. I believe in the United Way concept to greatly improve our community and Daviess County.”

Melinda Berry, Department of Child Services

Graduate of North Daviess High School; BS Degree in Social Work from Indiana State University Supporter for over 36 years; Past Board Member of United Way; Active member of the Community Impact Committee since 2017


"Being a board member of Daviess County United Way allows me to give back to my community while supporting the vision & mission of United Way. I feel it is important to advocate for local agencies & being on the Community Impact Committee allows me to use my work knowledge & partnership in assisting agencies success."


Kara Schaffer, Daviess Community Hospital, HR Generalist

Graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (IUPUI) – BS in Human Resources and Management

Human Resources Generalist at Daviess Community Hospital since August 2012.

UW Board Member - 2017, Impact Committee Member- 2017, Vision Committee Member – 2017

Supporter of UW since 2012


“I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the Board.  Although I am new, I am eager and enthusiastic about making a difference in our community and paving the way for a bright future through the UW’s focus on health, education, and income. “

Lindsey Owens, Washington Times Herald

Graduate of Vincennes University – A.S. Journalism concentration and Indiana University – B.A. Journalism, historical studies minor

St.Mary of the Woods – WED teaching program to mentor youth

Employed as Reporter/editor at Washington Times Herald

Also helps to operate the family farm


“I learned about United Way through Day of Caring in 2013. Since I love being involved in community events like 4-H, March of Dimes, WISH program at Lena Dunn, Graduation and many more, United Way provides me with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people in Daviess and surrounding counties. I enjoy being on the ground level of making positive changes.”

Sheila Petty, Daviess County Community Corrections

Graduate of Washington High School

Employed as Administrative Assistant at the Daviess County Community Correction

“I have been a life-long resident of Daviess County. My husband and I raised two children here and were actively involved in school, sports, music, community and church events. We are members of Washington Church of Christ. I learned about United Way many years ago when I worked at Washington Community Schools.  I‘m interested in United Way as an opportunity to serve in our community.”

Steve Sturgis, 1st Deputy at Daviess County Sheriff’s Office

Graduate of Vincennes University Assoc of Science, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and Leadership Program of Davies County

Volunteer at the WISH After School Program; Plays the trumpet and preforms TAPS for various organizations

“I became interested in United Way when I learned of the many services and ways they provide to the community to help people to improve their lives. As a Law Enforcement officer, I have seen so many dysfunctional situations. I hope I can help to look at some of these situations from a different angle. I’m looking forward to serving on the non-profit United Way board.”

Chris Hughes, German American Insurance Representative

Graduate with a BA in Religion Mid-America Nazarene University; MA in Missions Nazarene Theological Seminary

Pastor for 15 years before joining German American Insurance and becoming a licensed agent.

Chris spends his free time with his wife  Linda, their four children and their dog Diesel.


“I’m looking forward to have an active role on the United Way board. My earlier involvement with the local United Way was very limited with the Day of Caring and being a member of different sub-committees. I believe in the local mission. I anticipate and enjoy the ability to help to make a difference in people’s lives that lasts.  I enjoy being a part of helping people learn and improve their lives.” 

Ernie Wininger, GPC Maintenance Superintendent

Attended Washington High School

Completed the Leadership Program in Daviess County and Volunteered for the Children’s Ministry at ACC.


“During my work for GPC, I learned about the United Way in our Community. I started to get involved with Day of Caring years ago, and volunteered for the position as Campaign Coordinator for our employees during campaign 2018.  Those activities made me aware of so many agencies trying to better the lives of people living and working right here. That’s when I decided to get more involved and have an impact in my home town.”

AJ Miles, Agent, Burkhart Insurance Agency

I joined the UW because I grew up in poverty and remember using the benefits and programs that UW provides.  I always prayed to God that one day I could be on the giving end of those programs and help make decisions that will continue to help improve the quality of life for people. 


I am a proud husband and father of 2 beautiful daughters and strive to be a better Christian than I was the day before.

Jamie Chapman,  Daviess County Recorder

Jamie Chapman has been an elected official in Daviess County since 2012, and has worked in the Recorder’s office since 2006. She is currently running for Daviess County Treasurer. She has also been a licensed Real Estate agent for over 35 years, and enjoys helping people find their “forever” home in her spare time.

 She learned about United Way through the Day of Caring event and has been involved and a donor since the early 1980s.

“Serving on the Board will make me curious to learn new things.  It is also a way to give back and make me better at my current job.  I look forward to the challenge and being a useful board member in the community.”

Board Retreat 2019 

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