United Way campaign leaders ready to lead

SIDNEY — Kurt Barhorst, Shelby County United Way 2017 Campaign chair, has announced the volunteer team to lead the 60th annual United Way fall campaign. The theme this year is “60 Years of Changing Lives” with a goal of $1,325,000.

Barhorst, Josh Ross, Large Manufacturing Division Leader, and Scott Barr, executive director of the Shelby County United Way, have started the process of making CEO visits to Shelby County companies. Barhorst has many returning division leaders for this year’s campaign.

Barhorst is the president/owner of Air Handling Equipment Inc. where he has been employed for 19 years. He is an active volunteer in the community. Currently, Barhorst is the chair for the Holy Angels Soup Kitchen Committee, and a member of the Sidney Shelby County Library Board of Trustees. Previously, he has served as president of the YMCA Board of Trustees, president of the Sidney Rotary Club, and president of the Holy Angels School committee.

The Large Manufacturing Division will be led by Josh Ross, account executive at Ruese Insurance. Ross served as the Professional Division Leader for four years and returns for his first year serving as the Large Manufacturing Division Leader.

Ross 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 sixth campaign.

The Small Manufacturing Division will be led this year by Jason Wagner, commercial lender for Minster Bank. This will be Wagner’s second 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 eighth 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 seventh year serving on the United Way campaign.

The Retail Division will be chaired by Mike Phillips, who is the Bank Manager at the 5/3 Downtown Sidney Banking Center. This is his second year serving as a division leader.

Volunteering to serve his third year as the division leader for the Professional Division is Aaron Lowe. Lowe 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 second year serving on the campaign and Andrick will be participating in his eighth Shelby County United Way campaign.

Kelly Holthaus will again lead the City Employee’s campaign. Holthaus is serving her sixth year in a campaign leadership role. Holthaus is the human resources coordinator for the city of Sidney.

The County Public Service Division this year will be co-chaired by Bob Guillozet and Jodie Siegel. This is the third year for Shelby County Commissioner Guillozet and the first campaign for Shelby County Recorder Siegel.

The Education Division will be co-chaired by Tiffany Rank, Sidney City Schools communications coordinator, Amy Simindinger, Juvenile Court liaison, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, and Jeff Hobbs, superintendent, Fairlawn Local Schools. Rank is serving on her fifth campaign. Simindinger is serving on her sixth United Way campaign, while Hobbs is serving on his first campaign. Rank is a United Way Board Member and Simindinger facilitates the IMPACT Program, a United Way funded program. Simindinger and Hobbs will be leading the County Segment of the Education Division while Rank will lead the Sidney City Schools campaign.

Amanda Partington, director of New Choices, and Bridget Davis, director of CASA, will co-chair the Nonprofit Division for this year’s campaign. Both programs are United Way partner agencies. The two will be serving on their first campaign.

The Retirees Division and Cornerstone Society Leadership Giving Division will be led by Shelby County United Way employees Jayne Smith and Amy West. This is Smith’s seventh year being a division leader in our campaign. Smith is the director of finance and administration. This will be West’s first year on the campaign and she is the enhanced giving coordinator/POWER associate.

The 2017 campaign kick-off luncheon will be held on Sept. 14 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. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sidney American Legion.

Last year alone, more than 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 or to make a donation to support the campaign go to the website www.shelbycountyunitedway.org or the Shelby County United Way Facebook page.

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