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Staff & Board of Directors

The Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way is governed by a Board of Directors that meets once a quarter to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission of advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The board consists of 15 members from the communities that the Sikeston/Bootheel Area serves including Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Stoddard, and Butler counties. Each volunteer board member is nominated for and elected to the position. Board members each serve three year terms starting out, which may be extended at the end of the three year term with approval by the board. To minimize operating expenses, the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way office is operated by one part-time staff member.


To contact the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way staff, please call the office at (573) 471-0310. Our office hours are Tuesday through Thursday 9 am – 4 pm.

Executive Director

Shawnna Gerding,

Board Members

Mark Christian, President, Concept AG
Greg Comer, Vice President, Retired State Farm Insurance
Suzanne Burch, Treasurer/Ethics Officer, Burch Food Service
Lee Bowman, Jr., Modern Woodsmen of America
Teresa Bye, Retired U S Bank
Millie Dannenmueller, Cargill, Inc.
Jennifer Green, U S Bank
Michele Knickman, First State Community Bank
Patti McCoy, U S Bank
Mike Mitchell, Greenway Equipment
Paul Scott, SRG Global
Debbie Solomon, Tyson Foods
Murray Sullivan, Retired Teacher/Coach
Donna Tippy, First State Bank & Trust Co., Inc.

Whistleblower Policy

The Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns within the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way prior to seeking resolution outside the organization without fear of retaliation. The Code of Ethics addresses the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way’s open door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints with someone who can address them properly. The Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way’s Ethics Officer (Board Treasurer) is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations of the Code of Ethics and, at his/her discretion, shall advise the President of the Sikeston/Bootheel Area United Way. The current Ethics Officer is Suzanne Burch ( See the full Whistleblower Policy here.