Staff Team

Staff Team 2018-01-25T17:41:32+00:00

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward Staff Team

Kathy Murphy

Executive Director 
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Kathy hails from Nova Scotia and is excited to be part of such a talented team, at United Way Hastings & Prince Edward.  With over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Kathy recently held leadership positions in community economic social development agencies such as the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, at Dalhousie University and at Canada’s Immigration Museum, Pier 21.  In addition she has run her own business, a family owned business, and has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures.

Kathy’s passion for the United Way stems from both volunteering and working with those who are most in need.  “It could be any one of us at anytime, that needs the help of the United Way,” says Kathy.  “In many cases the strength of our community is being united in helping and supporting those most in need, which is what United Way Centraides have represented for close to 100 years. In fact, I see it as a privilege to be of service to others.”

Tambra Patrick-MacDonald
Director, Finance & Administration
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After over 16 years in the private sector, Tambra Patrick-MacDonald found her calling when making the leap to the non-profit sector and United Way of Quinte in 2000.

Tambra is passionate about United Way because she believes in helping people and helping people makes for a better community. Tambra brought with her expertise in the areas of admin support, accounting and technology. Tambra has been able to showcase her talents behind the scenes, shying away from the spotlight, but doing whatever necessary to ensure the job gets done.

Her current responsibilities include but are not limited to: budgeting, annual audit, monthly financial statements, Annual charity return, receipting, payroll and benefit administration, accounts payable and receivables, campaign database management, financial and administration policies, network maintenance, office administration and building administration, and the accounting for all monies in from the annual fundraising campaign and subsequently out to the funded agencies and community programs, an amount now in excess of $1.9 million annually.

Brandi Hodge
Director, Community Engagement
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As a trained social service worker, facilitator, and strategic planner Brandi has been actively involved in the social service sector for the better part of 25 years working with people with disabilities, children, seniors, fundraising and community impact.  She has vast experience and interest in organizational improvement initiatives most often working with not for profit organizations and networks to facilitate strategic plans, operational plans, board recruitment, good governance strategies, team building days and the development of policies and procedures. She is a trained facilitator in outcome measurement and evaluation.

Brandi is a strong believer in community development and grassroots approaches to social issues and is often found working alongside other passionate individuals and organizations to improve community conditions. Brandi’s passion for the United Way movement saw her return to the organization following a short period away; she believes it is uniquely positioned with its mandate, its brand power, and the respect of the community to contribute to and affect positive change.

She is a life-long resident of Hastings County and lives in Stirling with her husband and two boys.

Melanie Cressman
Manager, Director of Fundraising
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Melanie cares deeply for those in need, and as an entrepreneur she operated Halladay’s Equine for close to 20 years.  Her business model positively impacted many at risk youth, and other vulnerable members of the community.  The business was both a school of horsemanship, as well as a therapeutic place for many people in the community. She has collaborated with local agencies such as North Hastings High School, Community Integration, Children’s Aid Society, United Way, Trillium Foundation, Bancroft Community Transit, Local Doctors, Maggie’s Resource Centre and several other supporting organizations. Having worked for the past two plus years at Procter and Gamble, Melanie has been heavily involved in United Way HPE product sales, and campaign activity — being a strong believer in the work of the United Way in our community.

Melanie has a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), University of Guelph, majoring in Resource Management.  She is also a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and a 3 time recipient of Silver Power of You Award of excellence in the workplace and presentation skills/ Procter and Gamble.As a sales and fundraising professional with more than 15 years of experience, Melanie brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her position as Director of Fundraising, United Way Hastings and Prince Edward.  She is a long-time advocate for the United Way movement.

Jodi Cooper
Manager, Marketing and Digital Communications
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Jodi comes to United Way with experience in project management, scheduling, content creation, video production, customer service, presentations, and event execution. Jodi studied media and video production at Loyalist College, she has an honours BA in Contemporary Studies – Media Option, while she currently studies part-time for her Master’s in Public Relations and Communication.  Her studies focus on audience reception, and dialog generation – between creators/organizations and their publics. Jodi grew up in and around the Belleville area, and has worked with many different community organizations to produce their multimedia content. Jodi is very involved in the local film industry, and her documentary and fiction films have been official selections at film festivals worldwide.

Jodi is passionate about youth advocacy and children’s rights, having participated in the International conference on War-Affected Children (2000) as a youth delegate. With her media background she is very interested in the opportunities around media literacy, and empowering individuals to get involved in the participatory culture of media to make their voices heard.

Kirsten Wight
Campaign Administrative Associate
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Kirsten brings with her a background in community development, including a successful internship with United Way Hastings and Prince Edward, and more recently has volunteered on our allocations committee.  Other work experience includes: Access to Justice Community Developer, Community Advocacy & Legal Centre, Belleville, ON.  Kirsten is known to have  strong time management skills, a productive work ethic, and a strong administrative background including proficiency in Microsoft Suite, excellent customer service skills, and high attention to detail in problem solving and analytics. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Community Development and Policy Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa Ontario  The title of her thesis is: “Critique of the Current Standard for Education Policies in Developing Countries: How Can Female Education Increase in Developing Countries While Systematically Promoting Economic Growth?”

Kirsten is from Wellington, PEC but now resides in Frankford.  She is heavily involved in the film industry locally, and has a diverse array of interests and talents in the arts and cultural scene.  She is also very familiar with the agencies and organizations supporting those most vulnerable in our region.

Paula Nopper
Associate Administration and Data
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Paula comes to the United Way Hastings & Prince Edward after working as an Administrative Assistant for the Children’s Health Research Institute at Western University where she provided high-level support to the Director, Administrator and Scientists.  She worked with departmental budgets, coordinated conferences and events, processed graduate student admissions, and provided additional support to all members of the Research Institute.  She has coordinated conferences and events, and previously worked as a Financial Assistant to the Department of History at Western.  Her finance work has included online purchasing and expense reports, reconciliation of department and corporate accounts and budgets, as well as online credit card management.  She has also worked as a part-time instructor in Health Information Management at Loyalist College.

Paula has 25+ years of combined customer service and high-level administrative experience.  She is enthusiastic and committed with a warm and congenial personality, allowing the formation of solid working relationships and ongoing customer satisfaction.