Our People

Together, we are possibility

Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals
and mobilizing collective action in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region.

Through our values, we seek to:

                    • Demonstrate trust, integrity, respect, inclusivity, and transparency.
                    • Energize and inspire volunteerism and volunteer leadership.
                    • Endorse innovation, partnerships, and collective action.
                    • Provide non-partisanship leadership.
                    • Embrace diversity.

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a group of dedicated leaders in their professions and in our communities. They volunteer their time to help govern United Way with knowledge, insight and passion.

Hugh MacInnes - Board Chair
Hugh MacInnes - Board ChairGillespie & Company LLP
Homer Hamm
Homer HammUnifor Local 10-B / Domtar
Jean-Claude Allaire
Jean-Claude Allaire Mill General Manager, Domtar
Rhonda Horduik
Rhonda HorduikRelationship Manager, BMO
Susan Payment - Treasurer
Susan Payment - TreasurerPartner & Business advisor at MNP
Madeline Maley
Madeline MaleyDeputy Minister of Emergency Management BC

We are a beacon for social change. We don’t just scratch the surface of social issues by using band-aid solutions.

Our Campaign Cabinet

These community leaders volunteer their time to lead our annual fundraising campaign. They come from a variety of backgrounds and help make our communities a place you’re proud to call home.

Christine Nickel - Cabinet Chair
Christine Nickel - Cabinet ChairCity of Kamloops
Joshua Knaak - Past Cabinet Chair
Joshua Knaak - Past Cabinet ChairFit Financial/ Arpa Invesments
Brendan Shaw
Brendan ShawBrendan Shaw Real Estate
Ryan Deneault
Ryan DeneaultFirst Nations Liaison
Harj Parmar
Harj ParmarCapri Insurance
Patti Philips
Patti PhilipsNorth Shore Business Improvement Association
Aleece Laird
Aleece LairdAmplify Consulting
Jeremy Commazetto
Jeremy CommazettoMary McGregor Law Corp.
Michele Logan
Michele LoganRBC
Jen Casorso
Jen CasorsoUrban Matters
Karie Russell
Karie RussellTRU

We inspire people to come together to make lasting difference in our communities. We dig deeper to identify underlying root causes of social issues.

We work together with community partners to generate long-term, sustainable solutions that positively impact the health and well-being, education and financial stability of all members of our communities.

We specialize in bringing together all sectors of a community including individuals, businesses, organizations and government in pursuit of a common goal – to create opportunities for people to live better lives.

Our Staff

Our team is a dedicated group of professionals who each bring a unique skill set and perspective to the table. They all have one common goal in mind; making the community they live in the best it can be.

Katie Neustaeter
Katie Neustaeter Interim Executive Director

Katie Neustaeter is Interim Executive Director of the United Way TNC and previously served as Director of Marketing and Communications.

Katie’s previous background is in professional broadcasting, public speaking, non-profit partnerships and professional freelance writing.

She is passionate about facilitating healthy public discourse and helping United Way TNC and it’s champions build partnerships that contribute to positive community impact in substantial ways.

Katie describes herself as a realistic optimist who loves candy, family, her community and puppies (not necessarily in that order).

Kristi Rintoul
Kristi RintoulSenior Manager of Community Impact

With over 15 years’ experience in the world of not for profit, Kristi has extensive experience working with those accessing services as well as with volunteers and donors sharing their gifts.

“I’ve seen firsthand the impact a caring community can have on those in need which is why I’m so excited to be a part of the United Way’s campaign and community impact initiative. Collaboration is so important and providing access to a multitude of services is paramount to ending the cycle of poverty, supporting children at risk and providing a safe neighborhood for people to find their success in”.

Heather Harrison
Heather Harrison Donor Services Manager

Bio to be added soon

Amy Berard
Amy BerardDonor Services Manager

Amy is the Community Impact Manager at United Way. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University and while there, started working for United Way in 2010 as a co-op summer student.

The stories she heard from volunteers and agency staff changed her and she has been with United Way ever since. She left Kamloops to work for and learn from the team at United Way of Winnipeg for two years, but came home in 2015. With experience in managing the fundraising campaign and leading United Way’s community impact strategy, she has seen firsthand how the generosity of our donors can transform a life.

Amy has received the TRU Distinguished Alumni Award (2013) and Kamloops Business Magazine Top 10 under 40 Award (2013). We are lucky to have such a passionate person on our team.

Jillian Harnett
Jillian HarnettDirector of Finance

Bio to be updated soon.

Sally Wookey
Sally Wookey Xchange Office Administrator

Sally is the Office administrator for the Xchange and she also provides administrative support for the United Way TNC.

Contributing a very wide skill set owed in part to 30 years prior experience as a beautician and running different small businesses. Sally changed career path by laddering into business administration with further education at TRU. She worked as first point of contact in a psychiatry practice and in non-profit with many of our community members who are most in need of kindness and support. She brings her lifelong passion for volunteering into our commitment to helping others at the United Way.

“I believe the fact that I care about people along with my willingness pitch in where needed and give of myself comes through to those I interact with. There is joy and fulfillment in the opportunity to contribute to the amazing team facilitating many positive interactions and collaborations at the Xchange”.
Nick Saxby
Nick SaxbyMarketing & Communications Coordinator

Nick is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for United Way TNC. He graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2018 with a degree in Marketing and with a Co-op working designation.

Nick has loved working with non-profits ever since his first Co-op work term with United Way TNC back in 2016. He volunteers with different causes across the community of Kamloops and has seen the direct impact of what United Way does to help non-profits to do their work. He is extremely honored to be working on this team again.

We monitor and measure the impact of both short and long-term solutions to ensure they are affecting social change that leads to stronger families and more vibrant communities.