Tommy was born in Mansfield Ohio, but shortly after moved to Greensboro, NC where he attended grade school and continued to receive a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Tommy’s first job was a Crisis and College Counselor at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. After four years and increasing college acceptance rates from 60% to 96%, Tommy moved to his favorite vacation spot, Wilmington, NC.
Tommy worked at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC for 6 years as the Regional Development Manager, and after tripling food distribution and doubling revenues, accepted a job as the VP of Community Impact at the United Way of the Cape Fear Area. Now serving as the CEO, Tommy is thankful to be able to see the good side of the world that many people do not get a chance to experience and to be able to be part of the solutions to our communities deepest problems.
Tommy most recently achieved his Masters in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofits at UNC Wilmington. He owns a hobby farm in Pender County where he raises goats and chickens and grows blueberries and asparagus. His wife Buffy works at Coastal Horizons and is managing the Quick Response Team to address our community Opioid problem. When they are not working on behalf of the community, you will find them enjoying the beach or attending shows at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.
Chief Operating Officer
Kimberley Taylor is new to the Cape Fear Area, after moving this year with her husband from Ohio where she worked as Director of Product Sales and Retail at the Girls Scouts of North East Ohio for 6 years. When she’s not conducting audits and working with the finance committee, you’ll likely find Kimberley volunteering or enjoying the beach. Kimberley is happy to lend her 20 years of accounting and finance experience to UWCFA and the great work they are doing in her new community!
Director of Relationship Development
“Kari” is definitely the social butterfly on the team. Usually, you’ll find her out in the community meeting with organizations, conducting campaign orientations and sharing our mission and vision with civic groups, among many other things!
Kari’s background is in education (for over 30 years!) in various leadership capacities. She has held positions as Executive Director for Sylvan Learning Centers in Southwest Florida, Chief Communications and Enrollment Officer and also as Florida State Director of Drop-Out Recovery for two national charter school management organizations. Before coming to United Way of the Cape Fear Area, she was Director of Development and Communications for Brigade Boys & Girls Club.
Kari grew up in California and raised her family in Tennessee where she owned and operated a small private school. She received her undergraduate degree in K-12 Education and a Masters Degree in Leadership/Supervision from Tennessee Technological University. Kari is the mother to 5 wonderful grown children, has 9 grandchildren and a rescue pup named Bella. In her spare time she likes to swim, ride her bike, take yoga classes, help with the Carolina Beach Turtle Project and go to the beach.
Director of Community Impact
Chris was born and raised in Jacksonville, NC and completed his undergraduate degree at Campbell University. Chris moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW's MPA graduate program in 2013 and worked for the university and Welcome Home Angel throughout the program. Chris joined Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity upon graduation. In two roles as Development Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, he spent three years engaging with the community and volunteers.
Now as a member of United Way, Chris is excited about utilizing data to better leverage funding in a way that will lead to meaningful and sustained outcomes for our community. He will also focus on building relationships with all stakeholders: service providers, businesses, community leaders, and the volunteer community.