United Way of Anderson County Staff
Naomi Asher – Executive Director
Naomi is a long-time resident of Oak Ridge graduating from ORHS in 2001 before heading to Johnson University where she graduated with a double major in music and theology. After graduation, she worked in several different industries including catering, event management, teaching and personal training. Eventually, she ended up as the Office Manager for CASA of the Tennessee Heartland where she found her passion for non-profit work. In 2010 she was hired as the Executive Director of CASA where she spent some of the most fulfilling 5 years of her life. She graduated with her MBA in Marketing from King University in 2012. In May of 2015 she was hired as the new Executive Director of the United Way of Anderson County. She is ecstatic about this new challenge. Naomi sits on the Recreation and Parks Advisory board, is the President of the Altrusa Club of Oak Ridge, Communications Chair for Rotary Oak Ridge, a founding member of the Leadership Oak Ridge Alumni Board and member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Board.
Franki Lee – Finance Director
Franki is a lifetime resident of East Tennessee, growing up in Oak Ridge and graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1981 at which time she moved to Knoxville where she has lived since. After graduation she worked for several years in the restaurant industry before transitioning into a career in bookkeeping. She worked for twelve years with an independent CPA firm and kept books for a variety of different businesses, as well as preparation of all types of tax returns, and assisting in audits of financial statements. In August of 2008 she was hired as an accounting clerk for a small oil company that was just going public and worked her way up to be the Accounts Payable Supervisor in charge of the extensive paper trail required for SEC reporting and worked there until the company closed its Knoxville offices in August 2015. Since that time, she has been building a bookkeeping practice of her own, having obtained a Certified Public Bookkeepers’ License, and has been working with a wide variety of clients. In September of 2016 she started as the new Finance Director of the United Way of Anderson County and is excited to be a part of an organization that does so much to help the community in so many different areas.
Adam Moreno – Community Engagement Coordinator
Adam is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He was part of the Theatre program and was Social Media Manager for the Theatre Honors Society during their re-branding process. He is a Praise and Worship Leader for CenterFaith Church in the Karns area. He plays music on the side with his band Twelve Years Truce. His dog Rey is a princess and takes up most of his free time. Adam has been a resident of Oak Ridge since his father got a job at ORHS around 2000 teaching chemistry. He feels extremely blessed to be working for the United Way of Anderson County and the lovely people in the community.
Betsy Sonewald – Operations and Communications Manager
Betsy is a full time student at University of Tennessee Knoxville, pursuing a degree in Technical Communication with a minor in French. Her focus at United Way includes social media management, community engagement, data entry, general organization and publicity. She is a lifelong resident of Anderson County and is excited to be part of a dynamic and energetic team working for the improvement and growth of her community. When you come to visit, she will have a joke ready and and waiting.