United Way Staff - How We Give Back

         Tara M. Panasewicz 
        Chief Executive Officer


A lifelong resident of Kenosha, I have a vested interest in the success and betterment of our community.  I attended local schools including Holy Rosary and St. Joseph's High School and obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University.  

I serve on the Board of Directors in various capacities for Lakeside Curative Services and Band of Blue.  As a volunteer, I work with Habitat for Humanity, Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue as a Foster Mom, and a Big Sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kenosha County.

Educating our community on programs and volunteer opportunities leads to a deeper dedication and contribution to the success and betterment of our community.  This is the true meaning of taking care of our own backyard and was what attracted me to United Way of Kenosha County.

I am looking forward to participating in all United Way of Kenosha County volunteer events and programs and seeing everyone come together for our community.

Laurie McDonald

Financial Education/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coordinator

As a volunteer, I always feel that I receive back more than I could ever give. Whether it is volunteering through our Boy Scout Troop, church or school, we’ve tried to instill in our children the importance of giving back, to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It is a pleasure to be a part of all of United Way's volunteer events - Day of Caring, Readers Are Leaders, the Playground Power-up Projects - working alongside other community members on these projects is a joy.

As the VITA Program Coordinator, I am always amazed and grateful for the number of volunteers who give their time and expertise to help people file taxes. Our VITA volunteers are truly the best!

Sherry Westhoff

Finance Manager

Sherry currently serves on several committees at her church. While her children were growing up she volunteered extensively with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. This year, Sherry will be certifying to prepare taxes through United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Sherry gets inspiration from the Day of Caring volunteers and enjoys coordinating the project that takes place at United Way of Kenosha County. 

Terri Gamble

Resource Development Coordinator


I’ve always enjoyed helping others. Working with United Way of Kenosha County to help positively impact the lives of Kenosha County residents is a dream. I get to put skill and imagination to work every day and work with people who are just as passionate about helping others. I have volunteered for United Way of Kenosha County and United Way of Racine County and have seen first-hand how impactful their programs are to the community. These experiences have given me a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life in communities, one program at a time.

Now that you know a little about who I am professionally, I’ll tell you a little about my life outside of work. I moved to Kenosha right before High School and have stayed in the area ever since. Attending Mary D. Bradford High School and University of Wisconsin- Parkside, I grew up learning how Kenosha works and wanting to make a difference. Outside of the office, I spend most of my time with my 2 girls and volunteer as a Co-Leader for my daughters Girl Scout Troop. I love seeing these girls learn and grow. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me and I look forward to getting to know you!