River Cities United Way

Staff

 

Lyn Demaret

President & CEO
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Aside from her four-year attendance at Arizona State University obtaining her Bachelors degree in Studio Art and a Minor in business, Lyn has lived in Lake Havasu City her entire life. After college when she moved back to Lake Havasu to start a family, she was introduced into United Way in 2005 while working in the banking industry and co-owner of her own company. Working at United Way, Lyn has sat in the position of Administrative Assistant, Director of Finance, VP of Finance and Administration, and through her experience and respect of others, has been promoted in 2013 to President/CEO.

When Lyn's not at the office, you'll likely find her walking her two dogs in the desert, or playing hanging out with her loving husband, Shawn.

 


 
 

Dawn Darby

Kingman Area Manager
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Dawn was raised in Kingman and continued to live until she and her daughter moved to Wyoming in 1998. During her time in Wyoming she raised her daughter, worked full time and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She worked for Time Warner Cable and most recently was the Executive Director for their Chamber of Commerce for seven years. Volunteering was a huge part of Dawn’s life! While in Wyoming, Dawn was very involved with the community and felt it was important to give back to the community that had welcomed her and her daughter with open arms. Dawn decided to relocate back to Kingman in June 2016, to be closer to family and to live in a warmer climate. She was hired as the Kingman Area Manager for the River Cities United Way and is very excited to be able to be a part of an organization that gives back to others and does so much to touch the lives of others in her community!

 



 

Ashley Wood

Director of Community Impact
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Ashley is the Community Impact Director for River Cities United Way for over 10 years. She focuses on Community needs and impacts, which is important to her since she was born and raised in the community and raising two boys of her own. She has had an interest in community services since the young age of 6 when she first started with the Girl Scouts. By the time she was in high school she was leading in the role as Secretary for the Arizona Youth Commission. Her focus on overseeing partner agencies took and the struggle many face in finding out how to navigate the local resources, personal finances, and organization to support a family as a single parent helped promote the idea of expanding the services beyond funding to partner agencies to becoming a facilitator of the Living Thrifty Resourceful and Empowered workshops. These workshops are part topics she was taught through coaching training and part from personal experiences. She loves to save money, cut costs, and help others. As the Community Impact Director she reviews the partner agency reporting, writes grants, assists in fundraising, and the allocations for partners. She recently accepted the role as the La Paz Mohave Oral Health Coalition Chair, over sees the La Paz Mohave Oral Health Coalition, the La Paz FEMA Board, and is a member of the Arizona Oral Health Steering Committee. In her spare time she enjoys couponing, going to the beach with her family, and traveling as often as she can afford to.



Carol Nicolaysen

Administrative/Finance
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Carol2017Born in San Louis Obispo, CA and raised Santa Barbara, CA where she lived until her late 20s before she and her husband moved in 1984 to Sacramento, CA. both for jobs, her's with California Water Resources Association (6 years), switched over to Northern California Water Association. After that she joined California Farm Water Coalition, moves over to an Association Management Company (3 years), served 14 years with National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (California), moving to Lake Havasu City in 2001 for her husband's new job, and after a year off - she joined River Cities United Way.

When Carol isn't burried in her admin and finance job here at River Cities United Way, she enjoys reading and needle point.



Robert Starkey

Director of Marketing
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Robert established residency in Lake Havasu City in November of 2004 when he and his daughter (Madison) relocated from San Diego, California. His son was then born here in Lake Havasu City. From San Diego, he brought with him his entrepreneurial skills and business entities which he started prior to his move, and has since started two other well known local community-benefit ventures. Robert has been an independent marketing mentor to different companies throughout the United States and abroad over the past 10 years. In 2012 Robert was asked to create a promotional video identifying the role River Cities United Way plays within our reach, this was his foot in the door with RCUW as "Director of Marketing" which commenced on July 2, 2013. Job responsibilities include building and maintaining social media presence, updating marketing materials, and other various marketing-type tasks.

 

 

 

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22,685 people were helped saving $2.1M on prescription medication, an average of 41%.


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13 K-12 students received dental referrals, 6 (47%) of which required additional work. The program saved those families an average of $109.79 per claim. 3 students received medical or vision care at an average cost of $83.33.


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48 volunteers working 192 hours delivered oral health education and smile kits to 1,272 Kindergarteners, in 53 classrooms, at 20 schools, in 8 communities across 2 counties.


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94 attendees completed the 4-hour workshop covering budgeting and savings. 100% of attendees surveyed after 6-months, reported an improved financial situation.


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20 volunteers working 140 hours assisted in preparing and submitting 263 tax returns at 5 sites, saving 2 communities $65,750 in filing fees.

The following companies are $5,000+ Corporate Cornerstone Givers, which covers administrative costs associated with operating our offices.

2016-2017 Campaign

Special Thanks to UniSource for being a Corporate Cornerstone Contributor to River Cities United Way
Special Thanks to Mohave State Bank for being a Corporate Cornerstone Contributor to River Cities United Way
Special Thanks to Havasu Regional Medical Center for being a Corporate Cornerstone Contributor to River Cities United Way
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Thank you also to our Pillar Society Donors.

Interested in adding your company to the list? Please Contact Us
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce
Needles Chamber of Commerce

Kingman Chamber of Commerce

Laughlin Chamber of Commerce

McMullen Chamber of Commerce

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Guidestar

Internal Revenue Service

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