Our Staff



Jean Kresse

President and CEO



Jean works daily to fulfill the vision and mission of United Way of Story County. She focuses on the community impact areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability working to mobilize the community to help identify problems and seek solutions to very real human needs. Jean meets with donors to help them fulfill their desire to make a difference in our community through the LIVE UNITED annual campaign and through the endowment. 


Malai Amfahr

Story County Reads Coordinator

Malai works with a network of partners to ensure the framework is in place to ensure all Story County children read and comprehend at or above grade level through the community, families, and schools working together for a collective impact.

Jaclyn Anderzhon

Finance Director

Jaclyn manages financial records, budget, donations, accounting software, personnel and payroll records, office technical systems, and prepares financial reports, taxes, and analyses. She also coordinates filing for FEMA homeless funds and serves on the Coalition for Disaster Recovery.


Jerri Baumeister

Women United Director



Jerri coordinates the Women United Program, putting LIVE UNITED into practice by helping women achieve self-sufficiency and confidence through financial education and mentoring support. In her role, Jerri also coordinates the efforts of more than 50 Leadership donors, 40 mentors, and numerous others who volunteer to give their time and talents to make this program available to women in Story County.

Kristin Pates

Campaign Director



Kristin works with more than 200 volunteers on the LIVE UNITED annual campaign. She and the volunteers aim to inspire people who live and work in Story County to LIVE UNITED through a contribution to the annual campaign. Kristin also helps to lead the drives and engagement of UWSC affinity groups: Leadership donors, Tocqueville Society members, Women United donors and Young Leaders Society members.


Bailey Pearson

Administrative Assistant


Bailey is always ready to answer the phone and welcome guests to the UWSC office building. She provides administrative support and office coordination for UWSC and assists with community and partner agency relations and project coordination.

Allie Prusa

Marketing Director

Allie coordinates and directs all marketing and communication activities, using United Way brand guidelines. She develops LIVE UNITED campaign materials, assumes responsibilities for public relations, and manages electronic communications. Allie also coordinates Golf Fore Kids, Day of Caring, and other events.

Bryann Sullivan

Women United Assistant Coordinator

Bryann works as a part-time staff member assisting with the Women United program. She focuses on program implementation, outcomes management, and volunteer/fundraising support.

Sara Zejnic

Community Impact Director
  Sara supports and advances UWSC’s mission of improving lives by managing the development, implementation, and evaluation of a community impact agenda in the focus areas of health, education, and financial stability. She obtains information and data from community partners to use in the results-based accountability framework to establish outcome measures and to positively impact leading community indicators.

Kelly Wierson

Database Specialist
     Kelly was hired to work part-time with the LIVE UNITED annual campaign. Her responsibilities include maintaining campaign records, managing the donor database, creating campaign reports and overseeing the mailings.


Photos: Images by Ngaire and d&orfs