About United Way of Laramie County

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. No matter the obstacles; no matter the odds. We surround a community’s most critical problems, and we fight—for those who need a voice, and those whose names we do not know.

We strive to be a symbol of hope, an agent for change, a leader, a convener, a hand-raiser, a game-changer, and an organization working to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.

We envision a community where all individuals and families have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and that fosters hope and opportunity for everyone;


where all youth live in a safe environment and prepare to succeed in school and life;

where our neighbors in crisis receive resources and tools to begin productive livelihoods and become stronger families;

where everyone receives effective health care that improves the quality of life;

and where our community sets significant and measurable goals to advance and achieve these fundamental building blocks of human development.

Because change doesn’t happen alone.
Hope isn’t a one-man band.
And there’s no such thing as self taught or self made.

We have one life.
To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

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Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.


The mission of United Way of Laramie County is to responsibly mobilize and leverage community resources to create long-term changes that produce healthy, educated and financially stable individuals and families in Laramie County.

To make a difference, we will:

  • Ignite our community, and thereby mobilize people who live and work in Laramie County to action by giving, advocating, and volunteering
  • Connect all sectors of society (individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments) to create long-term change
  • Raise, invest and leverage the funds to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained impact in Laramie County
  • Continually measure improvement in Laramie County in the areas of education, financial stability, and health
  • Hold ourselves accountable to our community

To read our 2017 Report to the Community, highlighting our achievements and financials for that fiscal year, click here.


What does United Way of Laramie County do?

About United Way of Laramie County

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Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.


Our leadership team reflects the broader spirit of United Way. Only by bringing together people from all sectors of society can we create innovative solutions that address the most complex challenges of our time.

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Kris Whitfield

Executive Director for United Way of Laramie County

As Executive Director, Kris oversees all aspects of United Way of Laramie County by providing leadership to our all-volunteer Board of Directors and collaborating with agency staff. Kris has a heart for non-profits, having a long history of service and management of multiple non-profits as well as business management. Kris and her husband Eric moved to Wyoming from Texas where she was a small business owner, served in many leadership roles on non-profit boards and served as an elected official in city government for many years.

United Way of Laramie County has an amazing track record of giving back to the community and I am excited to get to know and work with our partners and supporters.  Every person deserves education, health and financial stability in their lives and our goal at United Way is make sure that is available to all.

Kris Whitfield

Executive Director for United Way of Laramie County, United Way of Laramie County

David Koskelowski

Community Impact Coordinator for United Way of Laramie County

David comes to United Way with over 22 years as a Cheyenne, Wyoming resident. His business experience includes 21 years with the military (USAF), in Security Forces and as a First Sergeant, with both overseas and stateside assignments (3 times at FE Warren). He has over 14 years of experience with four State Agencies, for the State of Wyoming. He brings extensive experience with Local, State, and Federal Program reporting, monitoring and oversight. This is an amazing opportunity to positively support a community I have been part of for over 22 years.  When not at work David enjoys spending time with his wife, his three children, and four grandchildren.

The strength of our community depends on helping improve the lives of our most vulnerable families; that why I support and donate to United Way of Laramie County.

David Koskelowski

Community Impact Coordinator, United Way of Laramie County

Shelly Bybee

Community Schools Resource Coordinator for the United Way of Laramie County

She is managing the Community Schools strategy, an initiative that organizes community resources around student success, at Cole Elementary and Hebard Elementary Schools. She has worked with youth and schools in many capacities including Juvenile Probation and Diversion with the State of Wyoming, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office. She has a BS in Child Psychology from the University of Montana, with an emphasis in Human and Family Relations. She has also worked directly with special education students in Jr. and Sr. High. She has two children with her husband who is an active duty military member at Warren AFB. Together they enjoy fishing and hiking.

One of the greatest joys I have seen in my work is connecting those who are struggling to the tools they didn’t know existed. I love to help others identify the need and advocate to create change. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of asking ‘what would it take to make that happen?’ and going for the solution. United Way is a catalyst for improvement in our own community, and that is something to be proud of.

Shelly Bybee

Community Schools Resource Coordinator, United Way of Laramie County

Emily Rorabeck

Relations Manager/Data Specialist for the United Way of Laramie County

Emily is responsible for providing information and administrative support, collecting and maintaining donor data, and supporting fellow staff members of United Way of Laramie County. She has been a resident of Laramie County her whole life, having graduated from East Hight School and studied at LCCC. She is excited about the opportunity to help the community by learning how to give back to those who need it the most, and encouraging others to do the same.

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with United Way of Laramie County in order to help the community in a variety of ways. A community grows stronger when it lifts up and stands by those who need help.

Emily Rorabeck

Relations Manager/Data Specialist, United Way of Laramie County

Donate today

Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.

Our team

Our board represents a dedicated group of Laramie County business and community leaders, all of whom volunteer their time, energy and expertise toward our mission of uniting people, ideas and resources to advance the common good.

2022 Board of Directors
President: Dustin Woodhouse
Vice President: Erin McKinney
Secretary: Dorothy Moen
Treasurer: Conner Hunsaker

Campaign Co-Chairs
2022 Campaign Co-Chairs:
Bryan & Sara Pedersen Family

2023 Campaign Co-Chairs:
Trent & Tanya Keller

United Way of Laramie County Foundation
President – Aaron Courtney

Board Members

Aaron Courtney – Jonah Bank of Wyoming
Shelly Courtney – LCSD #1 – Pioneer Park Elementary
Marv Espinoza – Espinoza Realty
Kaylee Ann Harmon – Long Reimer Winegar LLP
Ashley Harpstreith – Wyoming Taxpayers Association
Conner Hunsaker – McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP
Rick Kaysen – Legislative Services Consultant
Tanya Keller – Coldwell Banker the Property Exchange
Trent Keller – Wyoming Bearing & Supply/PT Hose & Bearing
Lindi Kirkbride – Harding Kirkbride Livestock
Erin McKinney – CRMC-Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
Dorothy Moen – WyHy Federal Credit Union
Michelle Mulberry – Wyoming Military Department
Lyndsay Orr – Wyoming Business Council
Bryan Pedersen – Pedersen Group RBC Wealth Management
Sara Pedersen – LCSD#1 – Davis Elementary
Abbey Palma – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Dustin Woodhouse – Wyoming Machinery
Gay Woodhouse – Woodhouse, Roden, Nethercott, LLC
Mark Young – Retired, State of Wyo Fire Protection & Electrical Safety




In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi got together.

Though it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, what happened next wasn’t that the group walked into a bar; what they did do was recognize the need to work together in new ways to make Denver a better place.

Together, that group—Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J. O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman—came up with an idea that became the nation’s first united campaign that benefitted 10 area health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to collect the funds for local charities, to coordinate relief services, to counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and to make emergency assistance grants for cases that could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 for the greater good, and created a movement that would become United Way.

Locally, United Way has invested in making Laramie County a better place for families and individuals to call home since 1948.

United Way still provides solutions to our community’s toughest problems—but we’re not your grandfather’s United Way.

Today’s United Way is bringing people, organizations, and communities together around a common cause, a common vision, and a common path forward. In many communities, we’re the only nonprofit building up the cornerstones of education, financial stability, and health—and the only nonprofit bringing people together from all walks of life to be a part of local solutions.

We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories, where people are powering big ideas and big action by donating, volunteering, and speaking out through United Way.

As we’ve grown up, we’ve become more than a fundraising organization. Rather than measuring our success in dollars raised, we measure our success in actual lives changed.

United Way impacts 61 million lives every year. We can do this because we have spent more than a century developing deep roots and trust in the communities we serve. That strong foundation provides us with the resources, reputation, and relationships needed to bring people and organizations together around innovative solutions.

Over the years, we’ve changed to address the challenges of a changing world, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our focus on improving lives and strengthening communities.


United Way of Laramie County is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all applicants, employees and volunteers regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran. Decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs.

We know the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is unique to every United Way community around the world. Below is United Way Worldwide’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement of Principle which outlines our commitment to building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations and communities.


We take the broadest possible view of diversity.

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.


Anti-Racism and Ethnic Discrimination Statement

We recognize structural racism/ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle.

We understand that these disparities have existed in the past and persist into the present.

We acknowledge that these inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people.

We unequivocally denounce racism/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities.

Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized.

We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

Donate today

Your donation has the power to impact your friends; your neighbors; your child’s classmates; maybe even your own family. Every donation we receive goes directly toward fostering hope and opportunity in Laramie County.