United Way Staff
Erin Mann - Executive Director
Megan Hacker - Assistant Executive Director
Laurie Andrews, RSVP Director
Laurie Andrews has worked with Otsego County United Way since January 2015. She was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a program sponsored by Otsego County United Way. In June 2016, she moved into the role of Program Director.
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over and Otsego County has a membership of around 325. There are over 50 volunteer stations where volunteers are placed to pay their time and talents forward. Our RSVP volunteers regularly log over 30,000 hours per year within Otsego County. High impact placements include 1:1 driver/patient non-emergent medical transportation to appointments, daily TACKLE cancer van transports to radiation therapy, helping build food security at a variety of Otsego County Food Pantry programs, and assisting the elderly, homebound, and disabled with home repairs through the Tool Time program.
RSVP of Otsego County was the winner of a 2016 Governor’s Service Award for “Outstanding National Service” for our commitment to volunteering. In 2015 RSVP was also presented with the Witness Tree Award by the Pigeon River Country State Forest as their “Volunteer of the Year” for our efforts to keeping the Welcome Center staffed on weekends. The Salvation Army recognized United Way and RSVP jointly in 2019 for our commitment to volunteerism and support of the Salvation Army program in Otsego County. In July 2019, RSVP was honored at the annual summer festival (Alpenfest) as the Pam Duczkowski “Unsung Hero Award Recipient” for our commitment to and dedication of our community through volunteering.
Laurie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Services from Ferris State University and a passion for the human services industry. She has been involved in various positions in local non-profits to help at-risk individuals and families for over 20 years. She has been the Otsego Human Services Network (OHSN) Coordinator for over 10 years, a group of regional agencies that partner to enhance the quality of life for those in northern Michigan.
In her spare time Laurie enjoys hand crafting earrings, being outside, day trips, and dining out. She is a member of Michigan PEO Chapter FV in Gaylord, MI, and of the 1st United Methodist Church in Gaylord. She has been married to her husband Mike since 1984 and they have a college aged daughter (Jenna), two labs, and a sweet orange tabby cat.
Kimberly Kersey, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator
Kimberly started with Otsego County United Way in August 2019 as a 2-1-1 operator for the Midland call center, starting her RSVP Volunteer Coordinator position in November 2019. Kimberly has more that 20 years of customer service in various forms. Kimberly and her husband Mitchell also own their own screen-printing business in Grayling.
Kimberly is an elected official for City Council in Grayling, MI where she resides. Kimberly also sits as a member on the Parks and Recreation Board for the City of Grayling. Kimberly also sits as a member of the Power of the Purse committee for United Way.
Kimberly’s position as the RSVP Volunteer Coordinator includes assigning volunteers to various volunteer stations throughout Otsego County, matching volunteer drivers to patients requiring transportation to and from doctor appointments, coordinating the TACKLE van schedule and maintenance as well as coordinating recruitments, scheduling with McLaren, OMH Oncology and Karmanos Oncology. Kimberly creates the schedules for Otsego County Congregate meal daily delivery and monthly commodities. Coordinates and manages the Tool Time program which provides free in-home labor to seniors and disabled of Otsego County.
Kimberly is the mother of 5 children; Jordan (15), Chloe (13), Emily (8), Nya (3) and Coraline (1). Kimberly is an active foster parent. Kimberly has 2 dogs and a cat. Her hobbies include hiking with her family, puzzles and refinishing furniture.
“I’ve always known I wanted a career with purpose and true meaning, not just a ‘job.’ When I came across Otsego County United Way it was a perfect fit from day one. Everyone here is truly amazing and completely selfless in giving back to the community. I knew I wanted to be apart of such a wonderful organization.” Kimberly stated.