The United Way Team

Executive Director Keith Moore

Keith Moore has lived and worked in Northern Michigan for the past 40 years. He moved to Otsego County in 2013 and joined the Otsego County United Way in January of 2014. He has been involved in community service for all of those years and has served in leadership positions with Rotary, Kiwanis, school boards, and numerous non-profit organizations. Previously a community bank president, his strong financial background has allowed him to be an effective advocate for the under-served and minority communities in Northern Michigan. He once served as a business development officer for a Native American tribe and has obtained minority and other government designations for small business throughout Northern Michigan. He maintains a strong personal belief that Uniting Resources to Build Community develops a vision that Otsego County can be a community for everyone.

Laurie Andrews, Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Coordinator of the Otsego Human Services Network

Laurie Andrews has lived in Otsego County since 1999. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Ferris State University and has worked with various populations, including case management for the developmentally disabled, as a family specialist identifying needs and solutions for at-risk families, and as a parent aide for different county-level organizations supervising visitations. In the past, Laurie has coordinated the Otsego Housing and Homeless Coalition and has, since 2009, coordinated the Community Collaborative. Laurie is the Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Otsego County, placing a volunteer base of 350 older adult volunteers with local community volunteer stations. Laurie coordinates the American Cancer Society “Road to Recovery” van program and works with Otsego County Commission on Aging to pair patients with volunteer drivers to provide transportation to medical appointments throughout the state.

Kathleen Arndt, 211

Kathy Arndt has lived and worked in Otsego County for her entire life. She has occupied several roles related to non-profit organizations. As a Catholic Human Services Administrator (12 years), she oversaw substance abuse, corrections, family, and open-adoption programming. She sought to end homelessness in Otsego County by chairing the Otsego and Cheboygan Counties Continuum of Care and heading up the Friendship Shelter until she transitioned to NEMCSA serving homeless families in eleven counties in Northern Michigan. In recent years Kathy managed Patriot Place, a community for veterans transitioning from homelessness to independent living. Here at Otsego County United Way, Kathy came aboard in October, 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator for our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Jenni Caverson, Community Development

Jenni is a paralegal and office manager in Gaylord, MI where she has worked since 2005. She also owns Executive Office Services in Gaylord, specializing in office staffing, bookkeeping, process serving and more. She also puts together numerous events in the community and co-founded Alpenfrost. Jenni is an avid community volunteer and served on the Board of Directors of the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce for six years. In addition, Jenni is the coordinator for the Northeast Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (NEMCAH). Jenni and her husband moved to gaylord in 1997 and have three children together.

Karen Linker, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator

Pam Beasinger, Employee Emeritus