PRESIDENT & CEO
Scott Conger has long served the West Tennessee community. Even prior to his work with United Way, his involvement with his church, local nonprofit boards, and civic organizations and his service on the Jackson City Council have always been a testament to his leadership ability and desire to serve others. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Lane College and his Master of Business Administration from Bethel University. Upon graduation, Scott worked with alma mater Lane College and the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation before joining United Way of West Tennessee as President / CEO in May of 2015. Scott’s favorite hobbies are coaching, reading, and running - he recently completed the St. Jude Marathon for the second time as part of the UWWT team. Scott and his wife Nikki live in Jackson with their daughter, Madelynn.
SENIOR RESOURCE DIRECTOR
MADISON, CHESTER, CROCKETT, & HARDEMAN COUNTIES
Pat Ross has been a part of the United Way of West Tennessee team for over 25 years. Pat’s responsibilities include the planning and implementation of fundraising efforts each year in our largest region - Madison, Crockett, Hardeman, and Chester counties; she also oversees our Christmas Partners and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs each year. Her service to the community doesn’t stop there. Pat also serves the Family Self Sufficiency Program, City of Jackson Planning Commission, One Jackson Action Committee, is a member of Leadership Jackson 2012 and a Sterling Awards Most Influential Women of West Tennessee recipient, along with serving the Jackson Chamber as a Red Coat Ambassador. She is the proud mother of a recent college graduate, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family.
GIBSON, DYER, LAKE, & MCNAIRY COUNTIES
Kristen Chambers joined the United Way team in August of 2016. Kristen serves as the Resource Development Director of Gibson, Dyer, Lake, and McNairy counties and is responsible for fundraising strategy, account management, and volunteer coordination for these areas.
A true extrovert, Kristen can often be found at any kind of local event, and because of this, she seems to know everyone in the area. Kristen is a wealth of knowledge regarding women's clothing boutiques and has an eye for a good deal.
CARROLL, HAYWOOD, HENDERSON, & WEAKLEY COUNTIES
Ashley Gooch joined the United Way team in December of 2016. Ashley serves as the Resource Development Director of Carroll, Haywood, Henderson, and Weakley counties and is responsible for fundraising strategy, account management, and volunteer coordination for these areas.
Ashley's penchant for brightly patterned leggings is only surpassed by her love for animals. In addition to numerous other pets, Ashley has a pet pig, Squealie Nelson, who has his own Instagram account. She is also single-handedly responsible for resuscitating the office plants and flower beds.
Janet Johnson joined the United Way team in October of 2016. Janet serves as the Finance Director and is responsible for all things finance related - processing payments, payroll, and most importantly, tracking down receipts from the rest of the staff.
The office candy lady, Janet continually sabotages the healthy habits of her coworkers. Her organization and eye for detail have played an invaluable role in the spontaneous office construction and design projects that have taken place in the last year.
Erika Dean joined the United Way team in October of 2016. Originally hired as the Office Manager, Erika usually tells people she is "in charge of Marketing, graphic design, communication, event planning, and anything else that needs to be done."