United Way of Fort Smith Area is a volunteer driven organization with the United Way staff supporting this structure. A local volunteer board of directors governs the United Way. The Allocation Council is made up of board members and volunteers who are responsible for ensuring that our donors’ gifts are invested wisely in our communities. Teams examine our community partners and ensure that all agencies meet accountability standards of United Way membership. They make informed decisions on how your gifts can make the most impact in our area. The United Way and community partners are good stewards of your money.
The Community Impact Team consists of board members and community volunteers who determine funding of programs and services. In addition to United Way being an effective and efficient fundraiser, its role as a conduit for community solutions has become increasingly more important.
The staff works to support the United Way mission: to improve lives by connecting people and resources in our six-county area.
United Way Staff
Eddie Lee Herndon, President
Eddie Lee Herndon is currently the President and CEO of the United Way of Fort Smith Area covering 4 counties in Arkansas and 2 in Oklahoma. He accepted his current position here in Fort Smith in late February, 2015. As President and CEO of UWFSA, he is leading the organization in its mission to “unite people and resources to make lasting change” in the areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Imagination Library and was instrumental in founding the organization, was a key note speaker at Dolly Parton’s Foundation Homecoming in Pigeon Forge in 2017, is a member of the University of Memphis-Lambuth Alumni Board, is the chair of Mercy Hospital’s Access to Care Committee, is a member of Restore Hope’s Sebastian County Committee, and is Chair of the United Ways of Arkansas Board.
Mitzy Little, Marketing Director
Mitzy Little is Marketing Director for United Way of Fort Smith Area. She is responsible for marketing United Way to the community through various mediums and promoting year round awareness of United Way and its Community Partner Agencies. She began her career in public service in 1996 and came to United Way in 2010 after her retirement from the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department. For the majority of her career at the Sheriff’s Department she worked in communications where she coordinated the 911 Emergency Services Dispatch Center, and at the time of her retirement was in Administration serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff. She was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition in 2006 for her work in emergency service communications during Hurricane Katrina. She has a heart for public service and upon retiring wanted to continue her work in that field. She saw United Way as the organization where she felt she could continue to make a direct impact with helping people in need.
Mitzy enjoys serving and being involved in the community and is an ambassador for the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was named Ambassador of the Year in 2017. She resides in Mansfield with her husband Charlie. They have two children, Ashley and Chris and three grandchildren, Jacob, Kristen and Leena.
Angie Ruth, Director of Finance and Administration
Angie Ruth is the Director of Finance and Administration at United Way of Fort Smith Area. Angie began her career at United Way of Fort Smith in 2004. She is responsible for the finances, office administration, and management of information systems, internal operations and campaign pledge processing.
Angie and her husband Jeremy have been married for 20 years and have two children, Ashley and Hunter.
Carrie Terry, Community Impact Coordinator
Carrie Terry is the newest member of the United Way TEAM joining the staff in September of 2015 as the Community Initiatives Coordinator. Carrie took on the very important and essential external role of working with Partner Agencies, area volunteers, and corporate partners in Franklin, Logan, Crawford, Sebastian, LeFlore, and Sequoyah Counties. Carrie was a former business development director with a background in event planning. Among her responsibilities, Carrie coordinates all volunteer efforts and community events such as Rising in the River Valley, Day of Caring, Touch a Truck, Fill the Bus. Under Carrie’s leadership, the 2018 Day of Caring amassed over 1,200 volunteers logging an estimated 6,000 volunteer hours for a total of $144,480 in a single day of service.
Carrie is also responsible for maintaining the Community Resource Guide working to update area programs and available services. Among other duties, she is the local coordinator for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Carrie is passionate about her community and actively participates in community organizations and boards. She is a graduate of Leadership Crawford County and the Van Buren Police Academy and she has been a volunteer cheer coach for 10 years.
Carrie is the proud mother of four children, Elizabeth, Carolina, Jackson and Annabelle. They reside in Crawford County and are active in basketball, softball, track, dance, rodeo, and cheerleading.