Our Staff

United Way Of Kenosha County Staff 

Tara M. Panasewicz

Chief Executive Officer

Tara Panasewicz


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

Director of Community Impact

Laurie McDonald


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 Director of Community Impact, I am always amazed and grateful for the number of volunteers who give their time and expertise to help people in our community.  Our volunteers are truly the best!

Sherry Westhoff

Finance Manager

Sherry Westhoff


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.  Sherry gets inspiration from the Day of Caring volunteers and enjoys coordinating the project that takes place at United Way of Kenosha County.

Teri Gamble

Resource Development Coordinator

Teri Gamble


I've always enjoyed helping others.  As a long time resident of Kenosha and then Racine counties, I want to make a difference in my communities.  I attended local schools including Mary D. Bradford High School and obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. 

I have volunteered for United Way of Kenosha County, United Way of Racine County, and Girl Scouts 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 their communities, one program at a time.