The United Way Team

Erin Mann, Director

Erin started at the Otsego County United Way in June 2019. Erin has almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector in various capacities. Notably, Erin managed community development programs with United Church Outreach Ministry, in Wyoming, MI; housing programs with the YWCA of Binghamton, NY; and was a project manager for a large AmeriCorps*VISTA initiative in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Her studies include a Bachelors of Science in criminal justice and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. Locally, Erin serves on the Salvation Army Advisory board, is an Alpine Master Gardener and is co-owner of Yoga-45. Erin is humbled and honored to do such impactful work and is so grateful for the staff, Board of Directors and volunteers she works with. Each person connected with the Otsego County United Way selflessly labors to solve problems for the most vulnerable individuals in Otsego County. With guidance from the aforementioned, as well as clients and partnering nonprofits and businesses Erin is committed to pursuing solutions to our community’s difficulties with clarity and purpose. If you would like to reach out to Erin feel free to give her a call at 989.732.8929, director@otsegounitedway.org.

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.

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