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Board of Directors

Cooke County United Way 2019 Officers

2019 Chairman Lynn Switzer
Chairman’s Message

It is with great honor that I am able to serve Cooke County United Way as President of the Board of Directors. It is my goal this year to educate the community about what Cooke County United Way does and to encourage involvement. When United Way is mentioned the first thing that comes to mind is fundraising. Fundraising is a large part of what we do but it is not all we do.

CCUW is a LISTENER. We have a team who reaches out to the people of Cooke County to find out what the needs are in our county. This is done through Listening Sessions. We want to make sure we keep on top of the needs of our community and to ensure that funds are going where they are needed. Feel free to participate in any of the Listening Sessions.

CCUW is a HELPER through our United We Read Program, Kids Care, Day of Caring and Stuff The Bus. The United We Read program is designed to have a positive impact on children’s literacy by providing books to children in our schools. The Kids Care Program is designed for third graders in our community. The teachers, in conjunction with CCUW, work with students on the importance of community service and community spirit. The Day of Caring is a one day event that gathers volunteers from all walks of our community to work to assist with meeting various needs of our community. Stuff The Bus program helps prepare children to start a new school year with all the necessary supplies.

CCUW is an EDUCATOR. With our new Community Connections Forum we are working on bringing local non-profit agencies together to partner with 2-1-1. We want to make sure everyone is educated on all the services provided by each entity. Armed with this information we in a better position to provide guidance and support to our citizens. As you can see, Cooke County United Way is more than fundraising. As you look through our various programs and projects I think that you can find a place for you to volunteer and help CCUW. It can be as little as one project to help with or all of them. In keeping with our campaign slogan this year I am hoping that you too will “Capture The Spirit”!

Committee Chairs

Standing Committees
Allocation Chair: Debbie Sharp, North Central Texas College
Campaign Chairs: Kristi Risgy, North Texas Medical Center & Ryan Morris, First State Bank

Ad Hoc Committees
Board Governance: Joey Anderson, Nortex Communications

Advisory Council
Scott Trustee: Tim Turbeville, First State Bank


Executive Team

Chairman: Lynn Switzer, Switzer|Oney Attorneys At Law

Vice Chairman: Amanda Riley, 4 U Credit Union

Secretary: Debbie Sharp, North Central Texas College

Treasure: Tim Turbeville, First State Bank



Joey Anderson, Nortex Communications

Ryan Cox, Safran Seats USA

Dillon Ott, Orteq Energy Technologies

Dr. DesMontes Stewart, Gainesville ISD

Leaha Sweeney, North Texas Medical Center

Wayne Twiner, City of Gainesville - Fire Chief

Don Wood,  4 U Credit Union

Alyce Greer, Gainesville ISD