Campaign ChairsBertha Thomas, President of the United Way of Northeast Missouri, announced today that  Chade Shorten will serve as the 2022 United Way Campaign Chair and Stephanie McGrew will be Assistant Champaign Chair.

Shorten is a 2018 graduate of Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree who currently is Manager of The Dukum Inn and WrongDaddys night club in Kirksville.  She is a member of the Noon Chapter of Rotary, a State Committeewoman for the 18th District of the Missouri Democratic Party, and Vice President of Adair County Democrats.

“I am honored to join an experienced and dedicated team for the 2022 Campaign Drive. The United Way’s reaching our community is immense, and the 11 agencies they support play an impactful role in many Northeast Missourian’s lives. Shorten said.  “Through this drive we hope to expand the community’s involvement with the United Way and look forward to bringing in a new generation of donors,” she added.

McGrew is a graduate of Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.  She also earned a Master of Health Administration degree at A.T. Still University (ATSU).  She is Coordinator of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at ATSU and owns Lone Star Physiques and The Ville Escape Room in Kirksville.  Prior to joining ATSU she worked in the Multicultural Affairs office at Truman and was the Program Coordinator in the STEP Office at TSU. 

"I am looking forward to serving as the co-chair of fundraising for the United Way,” said McGrew.  “I am honored to be able to give back to the organization and my community. Serving the community has always been a priority to me and I am happy that I am able to team up with Chade Shorten to work on providing resources for those that need it."

“We couldn’t be happier than to have Chade and Stephanie leading our drive this year,” Thomas said.  “Both these young businesswomen will help us create more awareness of the tremendous work that our eleven not-for-profit agencies provide to the people of Adair County and Northeast Missouri,” she added.

The drive, which will start the beginning of September, will raise funds to support the agencies during their 2022 fiscal year of operations.  Not-for-Profit agencies who are part of the United Way include:  the Adair County 4-H Council, Adair County Family YMCA, Boy Scouts of America/Great Rivers Council, Community Opportunities/Sheltered Workshop, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Hospice of Northeast Missouri, KIRK-TRAN, Macon Diversified Industries, NEMO Senior Citizens Services, Inc., RSVP/Senior Adult Services, Inc., and the Salvation Army.