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Meet the Team

United Way of Frederick County Staff

United Way of Frederick County's (UWFC's) team fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick County community.  This vision is accomplished by deploying financial, volunteer and advocacy resources to improve our neighborhoods.

President's Office

Kenneth Oldham
President & CEO

Ken has an extensive background in non-profit management, strategic planning, and community outreach. Before arriving at United Way of Frederick County in August 2016, he served for nearly 15 years as President of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.  He volunteered with the Frederick Arts Council and Frederick Chorale. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a current member of Western Maryland’s Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In recognition of his professional excellence, he received the prestigious Alumni Achievement Award and the Montgomery County Executive’s Emerging Leader Award. Ken earned his Bachelor of Science from Frostburg State University, where he serves as President of the FSU Foundation.

What gets you up and inspired every day to come to work at United Way? I feed off the energy and enthusiasm of those around me. I have made it a habit to surround myself with well-meaning and talented individuals. This was one of the most attractive parts of the CEO position at United Way. It’s an organization with great history and an outstanding team of staff and volunteers working cooperatively to make our world a better place.

How would you describe your role at United Way? As CEO, I am responsible for recruiting and motivating a team of outstanding professionals who come to work every day to improve our community. I work closely with a governing board of directors and, if successful, align staff and volunteers in a unified direction forward. All the while, I ensure that funds are stewarded properly and our fundraising processes are ethically sound.

What is your favorite inspirational quote? “. . . I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” - J.D. Salinger

Community Impact

Malcolm Furgol
Director of Community Impact

Malcolm is responsible for the development and execution of strategies related to the long-term community impact goals of the organization, focusing on education, financial stability, and health. He has been part of our team since December 2013.

Previously, he served as Membership & Information Manager at The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and as Board Chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC (YNPNdc). In 2013 he was honored by the Taproot Foundation with their Friends of Taproot award for supporting their efforts to connect skilled pro bono volunteers with nonprofit organizations working to improve our communities. Malcolm has a B.A. in History and Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has completed multiple programs on grant writing and nonprofit management.

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED for you? Realizing the potential of what can be accomplished working together towards a common goal. Spreading the idea that every time we choose to invest in developing ourselves or others, we are also choosing to increase the capacity of our organizations, improve the quality of our work, and ultimately strengthen our communities.

How would you describe your role at United Way? I oversee our grants programs and I work with our current and past grantees to ensure that we are maximizing the impact our investments are making in Education, Financial Stability, and Health. I also serve as a member of the Frederick County Interagency Early Childhood Committee, represent United Way of Frederick County on the Adverse Childhood Experience's Workgroup for the Health Department's Local Health Improvement Plan and lead Frederick County’s Stop Bullying coalition, United in Kindness. I also direct our programs which includes working with our Community Engagement Manager on our Volunteer Center and leading our Prosperity Center team. 

What are you passionate about? I care deeply for our community as I believe it is a wonderful place for families to work, live and play. I know this will only continue to be true for the most people if we strive together to do our best in contributing what we can. Whether this is time, money or advocacy we all need to do our part.

James Baker
Prosperity Center Manager

James is helping to create the curriculum for the Prosperity Accounts, promote and track workshops, and find volunteers for the Prosperity Account and VITA program. He graduated from Hood College in May 2015 with a degree in Business Management, concentrating in International Finance and Economics.

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED for you? To me, Live United means working together to create a place where we all would feel proud to live.

What gets you up and inspired every day to come to work at United Way? I'm inspired to come to United Way because we are working towards helping people create and sustain financial resources. People need the time and energy to develop themselves, and no one can do that when struggling with finances and essential resources.

What is your dream for Frederick? That it becomes the most creative and active community in the United States.

Resource Development

Amanda Holk
Director of Advancement

Amanda previously served as the Community Engagement Manager for Be The Match in the D.C. metro region. She worked with colleges, businesses, hospitals, and patients to recruit people to the bone marrow registry and host fundraisers at their events. She is originally from Illinois (NOT Chicago) and worked as a Recruitment Development Coordinator to plan and execute blood drives to meet the needs of six local hospitals.

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED to you? Growing up in a family that was ALICE, I know what it means to go without. I was the kid who received free and reduced lunch, got my dental care from a bus, received counseling from a public grant, and succeeded because of opportunities that United Way helps provide to people every day. To LIVE UNITED means living with the awareness that, while I am privledged today, there are people all around us that are struggling to pay for basic needs and doing something to help those less fortunate than we are. 

Why did you decide to move to Frederick County? We ended up in the D.C. metro because my husband was lucky enough to get a federal job. After spending my life in central Illinois, the 18 months in the D.C. metro was a shock because of the amount of people and traffic, and the general unfriendliness of everyone. My husband and I would escape to Frederick County every chance we could and always felt like we could breathe again the second we were on top of the hill looking down at Frederick on 270. As a former "flatlander," I'm in constant shock at the physical beauty of this county. The downtown is also so lively and active and people are so much friendlier in general. It's a great place to raise our son and we're happy he'll know Frederick County as his home.

Shana Knight
Community Engagement Manager

Shana has worked in the nonprofit world for two years, but has been passionate about and an advocate for volunteering since college. She volunteered in multiple alternative breaks in college, such as the 2011 Hurricane Katrina Relief in New Orleans and Hurricane Sandy MTV Spring Fix in Jersey Shore. Since then, Shana visits the Jersey Shore once a year to rebuild.

Shana got her start in the non-profit industry in 2014 as a Summer Serve Counselor for United Way of Frederick County before dedicating a year to serve as an AmeriCorp with the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. When her AmeriCorp term was up in 2015, Shana returned to United Way as the Community Engagement Manager. Her dream is to create and manage alternative breaks through United Way Frederick for teens/college students in the Frederick Community. Shana holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism from Frostburg State University.

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED for you? It's a way of life for me. I Live United each day by paying it forward. At work, I Live United by collaborating with others in my community to help improve the quality of life for those in need. Looking out for one another is truly what Live United means to me.

How would you describe your role at United Way? I lead efforts to engage the community by matching passionate volunteers with meaningful projects. I work with local agencies to discover their needs and I help them meet them with one of the most amazing resources a community can have - its volunteers.

Zack Willis
Communications & Marketing Manager

Zack is responsible for the digital content output of UWFC through social media campaigns, blogs, and other outlets. He also works with the media to organize press coverage and promote UWFC-related campaigns and events. Zack graduated from Hood College in May 2015 with a degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing.

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED for you? To me, LIVE UNITED symbolizes the effort we all put toward making our community a better place. With the united effort of the whole community, we can build Frederick County into an even greater place to live.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about the arts and music in Frederick County. I think we have an incredibly diverse blend of styles and genres and it's important to me that this wide range of talent is properly promoted and given its place in Frederick.

Finance

David Bausum
Director of Finance

David is a selfless individual and an extremely capable professional.  UWFC staff has chased David for years to complete his bio for this website, an act that would require him to speak about himself...which he will never do.  So instead, the staff offers this tribute:  We are deeply grateful to have David as a colleague and friend.  We couldn't ask for a better financial director.  His insights and analyses are spot on.  Every.  Single.  Time. 

On occassion, David's cell phone will ring.  When it does, it rings to the tune of "As Time Goes By," a notable song from the film Casablanca.  A penny for your thoughts, David Bausum, or perhaps a $3 million comprehensive campaign?!?  Thank you for your work to improve Frederick County, David!

Operations

Joyce Kwamena-Poh
Director of Operations

Joyce is responsible for human resources administration and organizational management of the office. Previously, Joyce worked at SNV USA, Interfaith Housing Alliance, Africa Action, the African Services Committee, Inc., and USAID/Ghana, among others. Joyce holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University. 

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED for you? Locking arms with people from all walks of life in the community to work together in unity and harmony to achieve one common goal – to make a meaningful and significant impact on the lives we touch through our work at United Way.

What is your favorite inspirational quote? “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” – Jimmy Dean

What are you passionate about? Health and Wellness