SIDNEY — Shelly Ginter, Shelby County United Way 2016 Campaign chair, has finalized the volunteer team to lead the 59th annual United Way fall campaign. The theme this year is “Be The ONE” with a goal of $1,325,000. Ginter, Kurt Barhorst, Large Manufacturing Division leader, and Scott Barr, executive director of the Shelby County United Way, have begun the process of making CEO visits to Shelby County companies. Ginter has many returning division leaders for this year’s campaign.
Ginter and her husband, Gary, own United Tool and Machine. Ginter recently left the banking industry after a 20-plus year career. She is currently the United Way women’s initiative, POWER’s, advisory chair. She has served in many volunteer capacities over the past 14 years for the Sidney-Shelby YMCA, a partner agency of the Shelby County United Way. She also serves on parent committees at Fairlawn.
The Large Manufacturing Division will be led by Barhorst, president of Air Handling Equipment. This will be Barhorst’s first year serving as a division leader.
Barhorst will be assisted by Tim Bickel, Lighting Specialist at Dickman Supply. Bickel is a former administrator and teacher for Sidney City Schools and volunteering in his fifth campaign.
The Small Manufacturing Division will be led this year by Jason Wagner, commercial lender for Minster Bank. This will be Wagner’s first year as a division leader.
The Service Division will be chaired by Mark and Sandi Shipman. Shipman is the distribution manager at Amos Media. This will be his seventh year to serve in a leadership role in our United Way campaign. Mrs. Shipman is a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. This will be her sixth year serving on the United Way campaign.
The Retail Division will be co-chaired by Jackie Davis and Mike Phillips. Davis is the vice president of retail banking at Mutual Federal Savings Bank and is serving her third year on the Board of Trustees of the Shelby County United Way. She is the board’s treasurer and chairs the Promoting Health and Well Being Allocation Team. This is her third year serving as the Retail Division chair. She is joined this year by Phillips. He is the bank manager at the 5/3 Downtown Sidney Banking Center. This is his first year serving as a division leader.
Volunteering to serve his second year as the division deader for the Professional Division is Aaron Lowe, who is an attorney for Elsass, Wallace, Evans, & Schnelle. He currently serves as a board member/trustee for Samaritan Works, a United Way partner agency.
The Health Care Division will be led this year by Jenny Huelskamp, community marketing liaison at Wilson Health, and David Andrick, director of physician recruitment for Wilson Health. This is Huelskamp’s first year serving on the campaign and Andrick will be participating in his seventh Shelby County United Way campaign.
Kelly Holthaus will again lead the City Employee’s campaign. Holthaus is serving her fifth year in a campaign leadership role. She is the human resources coordinator for the city of Sidney.
The County Public Service Division this year will again be co-chaired by Kathy Lindsey and Bob Guillozet. Lindsey serves as Executive Director of New Choices and previously was director of Shelby County Victims Services, both programs funded by the United Way. This is the sixth year Lindsey has served as a division leader and will be joined by Shelby County Commissioner Bob Guillozet, serving on his second Shelby County United Way campaign.
The Education Division will be co-chaired by Tiffany Rank, Sidney City Schools communications coordinator, and Heather O’Donnell, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center superintendent. Rank is serving on her fourth campaign. This is O’Donnell’s 10th campaign for the Shelby County United Way. She will be assisted by Amy Simindinger, Juvenile Court Liaison for the ESC, who is serving on her fifth United Way campaign. Heather and Simindinger will be leading the county aegment of the Education Division while Rank will lead the Sidney City Schools campaign.
Nancy Stiefel will chair the Nonprofit Division for this year’s campaign. She will be serving on her fourth campaign. She is employed by Shelby County DD as director of both the Wee School and Wilma Valentine Childcare. WVC is another program which benefits from Shelby County United Way funding. Stiefel currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Shelby County United Way and serves on the Events and Activities Committee and the Caring for People in Crisis Allocation Team.
The Retirees Division and Cornerstone Society Leadership Giving Division will be led by Jayne Smith. This is Smith’s sixth year being a division leader in our campaign. Smith is the Enhanced Giving Coordinator of the Shelby County United Way.
Coordinating all internal activities for the campaign at the Shelby County United Way is Lois Ann Kerns, director of finance and administration. Kerns is participating in her 17th campaign.
The 2016 campaign kick-off luncheon will be held on Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Palazzo in Botkins, and the public is invited to attend. There is no charge for the luncheon and reservations are not needed. The campaign will continue through the finale celebration on Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sidney American Legion.
Last year alone, over 11,000 residents were served by a Shelby County United Way partner agency. The mission statement of the Shelby County United Way is to identify, evaluate, and make possible human services to Shelby County residents. For more information on the Shelby County United Way go to the website www.shelbycounitedway.org or the Shelby County United Way Facebook page.