Board of Directors


Carol Hagan

Carol has lived all her life in Galesburg. She graduated from GHS & attended CSC. After 35 years in banking she recently retired from First Midwest Bank. She became a board member in 2015.  She was the 2016 Campaign Coordinator. Carol is currently on the CSC Foundation Board, a member of Galesburg Noon Lions & Elks Club. She attends the First Presbyterian Church & has chaired a number of committees for all of them.



Kat Cochrane
Past President
OSF Healthcare

Kat participated in the United Way Allocations Panel in 2017 and was inspired to get more involved with the organisation. Her long-standing experience of 14 years at 0SF Healthcare are testament to her dedication. Kat wanted to get involved with UWKC to find more outlets to get involved with community service.


Jennifer Poland
I H Mississippi Valley Credit Union 

Jennifer is the Branch Manager at the Galesburg I H Mississippi Valley Credit Union branch and has been very helpful throughout the transition at our future location. A local to Knox County, Jennifer graduated from Abingdon High School. She later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Finance from Quincy University before returning to Knox County to begin her career with IHMVCU and to start a family. Throughout her 10 years at IHMVCU Jennifer has watched their employees be proud supporters of United Way. What made her want to join our board now was seeing the excitement of our executive board members when they got the opportunity to walk through the location on Monmouth Blvd. 



Stacie Westfall
First Midwest Bank







Bradley Hix
Member at Large
Century 21

Bradley joined the Board in 2018 because he wanted to help the community and those who are in need of his and United Way's services.

Jared Hawkinson
Member at Large



Dustin James
Member at Large
G&M Distributors


Marlon Laviolette
Member at Large
BNSF Railway






Chelsey Lytle
Member at Large
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union


Hilary Peters
Member at Large
First Mid Bank & Trust

Hilary's commitement shows in her presence in the last 8 years within the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Knox County as a consistent volunteer and Big. She has also served on their Satellite Board and wanted to take her love for serving the community a step further and became involved with United Way. She has always supported UWKC financially but now she wanted to be more involved and thought that there was no better opportunity than serving on the Board of Directors.


Alysia Poulos
Member at Large
Regional Office of Education #33






Zach Shaw
Member at Large
Mel Foster Co.






Brittney Shepherd
Member at Large
F&M Bank