United Way of the Piedmont announces newest board members

March 30, 2023

As their 2022-2023 fiscal year comes to a close, United Way of the Piedmont (UWP) announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors.

In an effort to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, UWP made a conscientious effort to ensure that the board continues to reflect the diversity of our communities. Board chair Mitch Kennedy notes that, “We’ve come a long way in my tenure on the board here at United Way of the Piedmont. It’s no longer a group of similar faces and names – we have variety in the mix of individuals now, and that can only bode well for UWP and the community as a whole.”

New board members include:

Donda Bishop hails from AFL where she currently works as General Manager of the ACS Business Unit with oversight of AFL’s European cable business. With a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and an M.S. in Business Administration from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Donda likes to joke that she’s a house divided unto herself.

Reed Brown currently serves as Vice President of Brown Packing Co., Inc., a fourth-generation family business in Gaffney. No stranger to community service, Reed has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands and the North American Meat Institute, and has served as a deacon in his church, among many councils and foundations.

Katie Henderson knows a thing or two about management and compassion. As Chief Nursing Officer at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Katie ensures that each and every patient receives safe, high-quality care and an excellent experience. She enjoys time with her husband Mitch and their four children. She also serves as Chair of the Union County Behavioral Health Taskforce, just one of her many exceptional roles.

Sarah Keim is a Regional Director of Revenue Management for OTO Development, part of the Johnson Group, a hotel development and hospitality management company. A Spartanburg native and graduate of Wofford College, Sarah is a dedicated mentor who enjoys lunches with her mentee at Meeting Street Academy. She likes walking the Mary Black Trail and exercising at Pure Barre in Spartanburg.

Gianella “Gia” Quinones is originally from Lima, Peru. Her family migrated to the U.S. in 2020, and Gia grew up in Mississippi, where her brother and mother currently live. With her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Gia has a passion for community service and enjoys spending time with her two spirited boys.

Paige Stephenson, CEO of United Way of the Piedmont says, “We’re excited to welcome our most diverse Board of Directors to date. The diversity of our board is critically important to enhancing our inclusiveness and connectedness to our communities. We’re excited to have these voices to speak to what matters.”


About United Way of the Piedmont

United Way of the Piedmont is a local nonprofit that fights for the education, financial stability, and health of every member of our community. Our mission is to connect, engage, and inspire people to transform our community. We are more than fundraisers. We forge unique partnerships, find new solutions to old problems, and mobilize the best resources by inspiring others to join the fight. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to not just survive, but to thrive. Learn more at www.uwpiedmont.org.